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REVISED: Friday, April 24, 2020

Mansfield ISD and school districts nationwide have been faced with unique challenges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) closure. As the education process continues through distance learning, MISD updated its grading policy in an effort to do what is best for students while following state guidelines.

The following grading policy will be implemented for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. The updates are broken down by grade level. Please contact your child’s teacher and/or campus administration for further information.

Grading Policy for Spring 2020

Grades Pre-K - 1

Report Cards and Grades
Students are “graded” on a standards/skills-based report card. Teacher-assigned work and lessons will be geared toward improving student performance on the appropriate standards and skills. Any changes in commonly used assessments, or the intervals at which they are used, will be communicated directly by the teacher and/or campus administration.

Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade report cards are issued every 12 weeks. The last report cards were distributed prior to Spring Break. The final 12-week report card will be distributed the last week of school, as scheduled. Students will continue to be assessed using the following categories:

  • Satisfactory: Student participated in lessons/activities and demonstrated satisfactory performance over the final 12 weeks.
     
  • Progressing: Student participated in lessons/activities and demonstrated progression of skills during the final 12 weeks.
     
  • Needs Improvement / No Grade: Student did not participate in lessons/activities during the final 12 weeks.

Grades 2 - 8: Non-High School Courses

(Middle school students taking courses for high school credit will follow the grading guidelines listed under the “Grades 9-12” section below for those courses.)

Progress Reports and Grades
Progress reports have been eliminated for the 5th six weeks. Report cards will be distributed electronically following the end of the 5th six weeks on April 9. Students are permitted to work with their teacher to turn in work that was assigned prior to March 6, which was the last instructional day prior to Spring Break and the COVID-19 closure.

The 6th six weeks will run from April 13 through May 28, and progress reports will be issued after three weeks. Report cards will be issued at the end of the 6th six weeks.

Six weeks grades will be numeric, as usual. Semester Two (SM2) grades will be converted to a Pass/Fail (P/F) grade.

The requirements listed in the MISD Grading Guidelines requiring a certain number of grades to be taken each six weeks have been eliminated for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Teachers and principals will work together to create meaningful assignments aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Exemptions from Finals
The current exemption policy will be suspended. All students in grades 7-12 will take a no-risk final in May. With a no-risk final, students have the opportunity to raise their grades with no risk of negative effects on their final grade. Taking the final can only raise their grade.

Grades 9 - 12

Progress Reports and Grades
Progress reports have been eliminated for the 5th six weeks. Report cards will be distributed electronically following the end of the 5th six weeks on April 9. Students are permitted to work with their teacher to turn in work that was assigned prior to March 6, which was the last instructional day prior to Spring Break and the COVID-19 closure.

The 6th six weeks will run from April 13 through May 28, and progress reports will be issued after three weeks. Report cards will be issued at the end of the 6th six weeks.

Six weeks grades will be numeric, as usual. Semester Two (SM2) grades will be converted to a Pass/Fail (P/F) grade.

The requirements listed in the MISD Grading Guidelines requiring a certain number of grades to be taken each six weeks have been eliminated for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Teachers and principals will work together to create meaningful assignments aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Exemptions from Finals
The current exemption policy will be suspended. All students in Grades 7-12 will take a no-risk final in May. With a no-risk final, students have the opportunity to raise their grades with no risk of negative effects on their final grade. Taking the final can only raise their grade.

GPA and Transcripts
Semester Two (SM2) grades for the 2019-20 school year will not be included in the grade point average (GPA) and class rank calculations for the classes of 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The same is true for middle school students taking high school credit-bearing courses.

After conferring with higher education, major scholarship institutions and the NCAA, SM2 grades will be reflected as a Pass/Fail (P/F) on official transcripts.

Students who had less than a 70 average in a Semester One (SM1) course still have multiple opportunities to capture credit for that course. Students and parents are encouraged to contact and work with their teacher and campus administration to explore their options and set a plan to successfully gain credit for the course. 

Grade 12 Only

Class Rankings
Class rankings for 2020 seniors will be calculated using the final first semester (SM1) grades, which ended in fall 2019, for the determination of valedictorian, salutatorian and other honors. This is how rankings have been calculated in previous years.

This school year was the first year GPAs were going to be calculated through the 5th six weeks to determine class honors. MISD is proud of the effort and dedication students have shown in selecting challenging courses for their final high school semester, but the district feels it is most equitable to delay the change until next school year.