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How Will My Student Be Graded?

Guilford County Schools has released updated information concerning the grading of students for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

GCS Grading Guidance Documents K-11:

Frequently Asked Questions Grades K-11 May 2020.pdf

Parent Letter Grades 9-11 May 2020.pdf 

 

GCS Grading Guidance Documents Graduating Seniors:

Frequently Asked Questions Graduating Seniors May 2020.pdf 

Parent Letter High School Seniors May 2020.pdf 

 

From the GCS website...

GCS Issues New Grading Guidance for Remote Learning

May 8, 2020 – Guilford County Schools (GCS) issued new grading guidelines yesterday to align district procedures with a new policy adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education on April 23.

In keeping with state board policy, the guidelines differ for grades K-5, 6-8, 9-11 and graduating seniors. The updated information is posted on the GCS website; the district plans to mail the new guidelines to GCS families as well.

... [Information for grades K-8 has been omitted from this post]

Students in high school courses will receive two final semester grades for year-long courses, a final Semester 1 grade and a final Semester 2 grade. To determine final semester grades, the average of the two grades (Semester 1 and Semester 2) will replace the lower semester grade. The higher semester grade will remain. Per state policy, student grades can only improve during remote learning.

Students who wish to make changes for their high school courses from a numeric grade to a Pass (PC19) to a numeric grade may do so after an individual session with the school counselor. Students will have until the 46th day of the 20-21 school year to request any changes following individual counseling sessions. 

Grades 9-11

According to guidance provided by the North Carolina State Board of Education, students have a choice in how grades appear on their transcript.

The final report card grade will be based on the 3rd quarter grade:

  • A numeric grade is shown for students with grades 80 and above.
  • A Pass (PC19) is shown for students who had a numeric grade of 60-79.
  • A Withdraw (WC19) is shown for students who had a numeric grade below 60.

Students with a Withdraw (WC19) will receive a credit toward graduation once they work to improve the grade to a Pass (PC19).

Students who wish to make changes from a numeric grade to a Pass (PC19) or a Pass (PC19) to a numeric grade may do so after an individual session with the school counselor. Students will have until the 46th day of the 20-21 school year to request any changes following individual counseling sessions. 

High school students will receive two final semester grades for year-long courses, one Semester 1 grade and one Semester 2 grade. To determine final semester grades, the average of the two grades (Semester 1 and Semester 2) will replace the lower semester grade. The higher semester grade will remain. Per state policy, student grades can only improve during remote learning.

Graduating Seniors

Graduating seniors will receive a grade of Pass (PC19) or Withdraw (WC19) for the spring semester.

A grade of Withdraw (WC19) means the student has not yet passed the course; these students will be given opportunities to make up the missed work and recover the credit.

Lastly, also in keeping with the state board grading policy adopted last month, Grade Point Averages (GPAs) for the 2019-2020 school year for graduating seniors will be based on first semester grades only.

First semester GPAs also will be used in calculations to determine four-year GPAs, class rankings and the determination of valedictorians and salutatorians.

Parents/guardians should contact their children’s schools with any questions they may have.

More information can be found on the GCS district website.  https://www.gcsnc.com/Page/65010