Eanes ISD

Grading Guidelines Announced

Eanes ISD announced its grading guidelines for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. The guidelines are a result of teaching and learning moving online due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the decision to close schools.

 

A team of counselors, curriculum staff, principals and Special Education staff worked on the grading guidelines. Because the guidelines are in-line with current Board policy, no Board action is required.

 

Students completed the third 9-week quarter on March 6. Eanes ISD transitioned to Remote Teaching and Learning on Thursday, March 26.

 

Elementary Grading Guidelines:

  • K-2nd students will receive progress remarks but will not receive grades.
  • 3rd-grade students will earn one grade per week in Math and one in ELA.
  • 4th-grade students will earn one grade per week in either Math or Science and one grade in ELA/Social Studies.
  • 5th-grade students will earn one grade per week in Math, one in Science, and one in ELA/Social Studies.
  • During COVID-19, Eanes ISD will adopt a “Hold-Harmless” grading philosophy. “Hold-Harmless” means that a student’s fourth 9-weeks grade may not be lower than the third 9-weeks grade.

 

Secondary Grading Guidelines:

  • Students will earn one grade per class per week.
  • The grades earned in each class will be averaged to arrive at the fourth 9-weeks grade.
  • The third and fourth 9-weeks grades will be averaged to arrive at a semester average.
  • During COVID-19, Eanes ISD will adopt a “Hold-Harmless” grading philosophy. “Hold-Harmless” means that a student’s fourth 9-weeks grade may not be lower than the third 9-weeks grade.
  •  Final exams will not be administered this spring.

See grading chart example below:

 

 

3rd 9-Week Grade

4th 9-Week Grade

Semester Grade

Example 1

85

95

85 + 95 = 180

180/2 = 90

90 = Final Semester Grade 

Example 2

90

85

90 + 85 = 175

175/2 = 88

90 = Final Semester Grade

(4th 9-weeks grade is not used in calculation)

Example 3

75

60

75 + 60 = 135

135/2 = 68

75 = Final Semester Grade

(4th 9-weeks grade is not used in calculation)

       

 

 

While the District considered a Pass/Fail system for the fourth 9-weeks, the decision was made to instead average the third and fourth 9-week grades, giving students the opportunity to raise their overall semester average/GPA. Another consideration pointed to the NCAA Clearinghouse rules, which consider a “Pass” as the lowest possible passing grade (a “70”), which could put students who want to compete in college athletics at a serious disadvantage.

 

The final class rank for the Westlake High School Class of 2020 has already been determined according to Board policies, which state class rank is set at the end of the third quarter (March 6). Both the valedictorian and salutatorian have been determined, as well as the top ten percent of the graduating class.

 

For questions, please contact Linda Rawlings, Interim Associate Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, LRawlings@eanesisd.net.