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REVISED Grading Policy for COVID-19
REVISED Grading Policy for COVID-19
Alcorn School District
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Alcorn School District procedures for Graduation, Credits and Recovering Credits

Response to COVID-19 and MDE Waivers

Revised 4/16/20

Requirements for Graduation for the Class of 2020

  • All courses required for graduation that begin in the 4th term (US Government, Botany, Economics, Zoology II, Intro to Geography) will be given a modified assignment via paper packet or online instruction for graduation purposes per MDE’s guidance.

  • A Senior who has a failing grade during the 3rd term will be allowed to complete the necessary course work provided by their teacher in order to gain credit with a 65. 

  • A Senior can choose to increase their 3rd term grade up to 10 points by completing the work provided by their teachers. Points added to 3rd term grade as a result of procedures during COVID-19 will not count toward Honors, Hall of Fame, Valedictorian and Salutatorian GPA calculations. 

  • Student’s 3rd-term average will also be their semester average. 

Options for Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen completing credits for spring semester

  • Students who have a failing grade during the 3rd term will be allowed to complete the necessary course work provided by their teacher in order to gain credit with a 65.

  • All Students can choose to increase their 3rd term grade up to 10 points by completing work provided by their teacher.  Points added will be reflected in the 4th nine-weeks grade.

  • Any Freshmen, Sophomore or Junior not completing assignments in a 9-weeks course at the end of the 4th term will be dropped from the course. These students will have the option to take the course next school year.

  • Student’s 3rd 9-week average will also be their semester average.  

Assessment modifications

  • The US History, Biology I, Algebra I and English II end-of-course assessments will not be administered.

  • If a student is currently enrolled in one of these four classes and he or she passes the course, the student will not be required to pass the assessment for graduation.

  • If a current Senior has previously passed the course, but not the assessment, he or she will not be required to pass the assessment in order to graduate.

  • The Career Planning and Assessment System (CPAS) test will not be administered.

Refer to MDE PS 14.2

Guidelines for Fifth through Eighth Grades

  • Any student that has a 55 average will be automatically promoted to the next grade.

  • Any work submitted by a student via electronic means or paper/pencil during the Covid-19 school closure can be graded only if the grading of the assignment will help the students’ grade.

  • The fourth nine-weeks average will be equal to or greater than the highest of the first, second and third nine-weeks averages.

  • The fourth nine-weeks average must be a passing average. 

  • All Students can choose to increase their 4th 9-weeks average up to 10 points by completing work (either online or from student packets) provided by their teacher.

Guidelines for Kindergarten through Fourth Grade

  • Student’s 4th 9-weeks average will be the average of their first, second, & third 9-weeks averages. 

  • All 4th 9-weeks averages will be a minimum of a passing grade (70).

  • All Students can choose to increase their 4th 9-weeks average up to 10 points by completing work (either online or from student packets) provided by their teacher.

  • Student’s second semester and yearly averages will be determined using typical ASD grading policies. 

  • Promotion and retention decisions will be based on the following:

  1. Numerical Average

  2. Benchmark Test Data

  3. Teacher Expertise

Decisions regarding promotion/retention and the availability of additional opportunities above the previously mentioned incentives will be made by a group of teachers and/or the building principals on a case by case basis.  This applies to students in K-4 only.

Assessment modifications

  • The Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) and MAAP-Alternate will not be administered (3rd-8th grades).

  • The Mississippi Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (post-test) will not be given.

  • The Literacy Based Promotion Act for 3rd Grade English Language Arts will not in effect for promotion and retention purposes.