An email was sent to families on Wednesday, May 20th concerning end of year grading practices.
We appreciate your participation in our district surveys and understand the difficulties that surround remote learning. It has helped us to fine-tune our instructional practices and to develop equitable grading practices as we close out this year.
Grading: Due to our current situation, no student will receive a failing grade; however, students will receive “incompletes” if they have not provided any evidence of learning around the learning standards.
Every student should be participating in learning right now and failing to do so will result in an “incomplete.” We want our RCS students to succeed and they have to be “in it to win it.” Please consult this video which describes all of the grading information that is listed at the bottom of this page.
As we’ve done throughout the past few months, the RCS district continues to provide updates on learning and sharing “mindful moment” videos on the RCS Work from Home web page. We hope you’ve found this site useful in working with your child to continue their learning during this time. As an added measure, please view the recent video provided by our district. In this current video, we work to provide you with information related to RCS student successes, grading procedures, and communication outreach during the current academic school year.
As we come to a conclusion on the 2020-21 school year, we would like to thank our teachers, parents/caregivers and our students for continuing to make successful strides in the classroom. This has been a difficult scenario for many and remote learning has been a key feature for students to stay engaged with their teachers, and in some cases, with their classmates.
The RCS district will continue to offer updates on curriculum, events and news items related to the district closure when it becomes available. We are incredibly thankful for your patience and feedback on district outreach and programs/services. We cannot do this alone and your participation is greatly appreciated. We will continue to move forward and reinforce our commitment to providing quality educational outreach to the RCS community.
Thank you and Go RCS!
RCS Grading During COVID-19
Grading & Priority Standards –
- RCS Curriculum Content Specialists (CCSs) have identified priority learning standards, focusing and limiting what has been taught since March 16, 2020. Grades and future interventions will be based on meeting these limited New York State standards.
Quarter 4/Trimester 3 (Q4/T3) Grades –
- Middle School & High School – no child in any grade will receive a “failing” grade, but all students must work to get a passing grade. Students will receive a passing numeric grade or an incomplete (“I”). Comments on report cards will provide specific feedback from teachers on effort and participation.
- Elementary – families will receive an indication within the report card on whether or not students are meeting priority standards. Report cards will be comment-based informing parents on what skills were taught and will offer further guidance on potential summer work.
Final Grades and/or Course Credit for Middle School & High School –
End-of-the-year grading will give students three choices:
There are three scenarios for grading. As previously mentioned, secondary students will receive either a passing numeric grade or an “I” for incomplete if they have not yet demonstrated proficiency in the priority standards. The scenarios for any student that is passing are:
- Students receive a traditional numeric grade based on all four quarters (Q1-Q4). This would acknowledge the students who have exceeded expectations and worked exceptionally hard during remote learning. Or…
- Students receive a numeric final grade based on Q1, Q2, or Q3, but only if they have received a passing grade in Q4 (>65). This would benefit students that were unable to academically thrive during remote learning.
Based on the two scenarios above, teachers will automatically assign the highest grade (the average of Q1-Q3 or Q1-Q4) as a “default” for final grades on report cards.
- During the summer or fall of 2020, students and families can opt into a “pass” (P) if they feel their passing numerical grade does not accurately represent the effort or achievement their child exhibited during the 2019-20 academic year. Students must have a passing average for the year and have no incompletes (“I”).
Any student that has been assigned an “I” for incomplete did not meet minimum priority standards as outlined and will need to complete an academic support plan during the summer or during the 2020-21 school year.
Final Grades for Elementary and Middle School Students – Students in elementary and middle school will not be “held back” in their current grade unless conversations with the principal and family concerning retention began prior to March 16, 2020.
Our work from home website is here:https://sites.google.com/rcscsd.org/rcswfh