Jeffco changes approach to grading as remote learning continues

Standards address ‘unknown variables’ that could prevent students from engaging

Staff report
Posted 4/21/20

On April 13, Jeffco Public Schools informed families that in response to COVID-19 and the need to transition to remote learning and instruction, grading will look different this semester for students …

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Jeffco changes approach to grading as remote learning continues

Standards address ‘unknown variables’ that could prevent students from engaging

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On April 13, Jeffco Public Schools informed families that in response to COVID-19 and the need to transition to remote learning and instruction, grading will look different this semester for students in all grade levels.

“In a remote learning environment, there are many unknown variables that can contribute to students’ ability or inability to engage,” said the district statement, prompting Jeffco to change its grading approach.

For high school and middle school students, grades will be determined based on several factors.

“As long as students continue to participate,” students’ grades cannot drop lower than the grade they received in the most recently completed grading period, the statement said. That period may be a semester, trimester or quarter, depending on the school.

Individual schools determine what measures show a student is participating in remote learning.

“Definitions of participation should include demonstrating progress towards mastery of content standards,” the statement said.

While participating students’ grades cannot drop, students can raise their grades by completing assignments throughout the remainder of the school year.

In high schools, students can also choose to accept a credit or no credit indicator on their transcript instead of a traditional grade, though the option may not be available for some concurrent or dual enrollment classes.

In elementary schools, “for the duration of the third trimester, students and teachers have exclusively engaged in remote learning,” the statement said. “Because of this shift, grading for the remainder of this academic year will focus on more qualitative feedback from teachers,” including comments on whether a student has met expectations and can advance to the next grade in the fall.

Charter and innovation schools will determine and communicate their own grading policies, the statement said.

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