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Grading Updates, Resources and Information

Frontier Central School District 

Secondary Grading Update

6/10/20

The Office of Curriculum and Instruction in collaboration with both High School and Middle School administration and members of the High School Counseling staff have developed a plan for end of year grading at the secondary level, for this year only. 

In an effort to ensure an equitable grading calculation at year end, a numeric score of 100% will be assigned to a course rating of Pass, and a numeric score of 60% to a course rating of Fail.  

PASS OPTION - A rating of PASS will be assigned to all students whose cumulative averages based on distance learning work falls within a range of 65-100% in teacher gradebook calculations. The PASS grade will be what is displayed on students’ report cards in the fourth quarter, just as was done for the third marking period. Calculations of OVERALL/FINAL course grade as well as Cumulative GPA will treat a PASS as a 100% for computation purposes. This means that the actual grade in the gradebook will NOT be used, but a universal application of 100% will be used instead. The rationale behind this decision is because a score of 100% is equitable for ALL students who achieved a pass, regardless of challenges associated with distance learning. 

FAIL OPTION - A rating of FAIL will be assigned to all students whose cumulative averages based on distance learning work falls within a range of 60% and below. The FAIL grade will be what is displayed on student’s report cards in the fourth marking period, just as was done for the third marking period.  Calculations of OVERALL course grade as well as Cumulative GPA will treat a FAIL as a 60 for computation purposes. This means that the actual grade in the gradebook will NOT be used, but a universal application of 60% will be used instead. The rationale behind this decision is due to the numerous accessibility challenges and distance learning challenges that abound during COVID-19 education. In addition, all students lost the opportunity to raise their grades due to the cancellation of final exams.  That loss is even more significant in semester long courses. 

We sincerely thank you for your understanding, flexibility and support.

April 14, 2020 Letter on Grading