• The below grading policies were approved by the State Board of Education on March 27, 2020 (seniors) and on April 24, 2020 (K-11).  If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact your child's teacher or principal.

    APPROVED RECOMMENDATION FOR GRADES K-5:
    • Students will receive no final grade in grades K-5.
    • Instead of a final grade, teachers will provide year-end feedback for students regarding learning from the full academic school year, using a format determined locally.
    • Teachers will document individual student strengths and needs from both an academic and social/emotional perspective to ensure an effective transition from the spring 2020 remote learning process to the 2020-21 academic year.
     
    APPROVED RECOMMENDATION FOR GRADES 6-8:
    • Students will receive a Pass “PC19” or Withdrawal “WC19” for the final course grades for all middle school courses.
      •  A student’s grade will be held harmless for learning after March 13.
      • PC19 will be assigned to any student who was meeting expectations and passing the course as of March 13 or who worked to improve to the point of passing after March 13 through remote learning. 
      • WC19 will be assigned to any student who was not passing the course as of March 13 and who was unable to improve to the point of passing the course through remote learning opportunities. A middle school course grade of WC19 does not equate to a failing course grade nor does it indicate that a grade retention should occur or that the course must be repeated. The grade WC19 simply indicates a lack of evidence of mastery of standards addressed in the particular content area.
    • Teachers will document individual student strengths and needs from both an academic and social/emotional perspective to ensure an effective transition from the spring 2020 remote learning process to the 2020-21 academic year.
    • High school courses taken in middle school will follow the grading options presented below for high school students, with the understanding that if there is a numeric grade on the transcript it will not be calculated in the high school GPA per SBE policy, Course for Credit, CCRE-001.
    • Due to COVID-19, NCDPI developed a new grade scale in PowerSchool to move from Pass/Fail to Pass/Withdraw. “PC19” and “WC19” have been added into PowerSchool.
     
    APPROVED RECOMMENDATION FOR GRADES 9-11:
    Students in grades 9-11 and non-graduating seniors will be awarded final grades based on the following grading system for the 2019-20 school year.
     
    Current Spring 2020 Courses:
    • Students will be given a choice for how each final course grade will appear on the transcript for both year-long and semester courses currently in progress.
      • Students will have two options for each final course grade:
        • Numeric grade, the highest grade representing learning as of March 13 or as improved through the semester as remote learning continued - OR-
        • PC19 or WC19.
      • Students will determine how each final course grade will appear on the transcript at the end of the semester after advising from the teacher/school and in consultation with the parent/guardian.
      • When students choose to report a numeric grade as the final grade on the transcript, the numeric grade will be calculated into the cumulative GPA, following the guidelines in SBE policy GRAD-009.
      • When students choose to report a PC19 or WC19 as the final grade on the transcript, there is no GPA impact when using these grades. 
      • When students in a yearlong course choose a PC19 or WC19 for the spring portion of the course, the fall term grade will be counted into the GPA. Clear directions for PowerSchool will come at a later date. 
    • Additional Notes:
      • Students will not receive a failing grade. LEAs/Charters will advise the use of WC19 for any student who is failing as of March 13 and was unable to improve through remote learning opportunities.  
        • A final grade of PC19 does award a full unit of credit for a high school course while a grade of WC19 does not award a unit of credit.
      • WC19 does not equate to a failing course grade but indicates a lack of evidence of mastery of standards addressed in the particular course and that the school is unable to award a unit of credit.
        o NCDPI encourages LEAs/Charters to use all means possible to support student learning that has been impacted by COVID-19 in the future, such as Credit Recovery and Repeating a Course for Credit (SBE-CCRE-001).
        o Issuing a temporary grade of Incomplete may be used locally in instances when the student, parent/guardian, teacher, and school administration determine it is appropriate and develop a clear, time-bound plan to complete all course requirements.
        o Students will maintain the grades for fall courses as already stored, yearlong and semester. Fall 2019 final grades will be calculated into a student’s GPA.
     
    STUDENT PROMOTION AND RETENTION:
    • Student promotion and retention will remain the decision of the school principal and staff. 
    • NCDPI strongly recommends that districts/schools only consider retention of students if the retention consideration process was already well underway for a student prior to March 13, 2020, including communication and collaboration with the student’s parent/family. 
    • If a student was being considered for retention prior to March 13 and is still being considered for retention, NCDPI strongly encourages the development of a local plan to ensure effective communication and collaboration between the school and family to determine the most effective path forward for the student, especially given these extraordinary circumstances that students/families find themselves in as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and extended school closure.
     
    The below grading policy for seniors was approved by the SBE on March 27, 2020:
    SENIOR PLAN TO GRADUATE CLASS of 2020:
    • Fall Courses: Students will receive grades for fall courses as already stored, yearlong and semester. Fall grades will count toward GPA. 
      • For year-long courses, the fall term grade will be counted into the GPA.
        Note: Clear directions from PowerSchool will come at a later date.
      • For semester-long courses, the final course grade will be counted into the GPA. 
    • Spring Courses: Students will receive a Pass "PC19" or Withdrawal "WC19" based on their learning as of March 13 for spring courses.  
    • If the student has an F as of March 13 for graduation requirements, districts/schools shall provide remote learning opportunities for the student to improve to a passing grade. Opportunities for Seniors to pass graduation requirements shall include: p
      • participate in remote learning through the enrolled LEA/Charter; 
      • enroll in NC Virtual Public School for all courses applicable; 
      • participate in credit recovery aligned to instructional topics covered through March 13; or 
      • pass a final locally-developed assessment aligned to instructional topics covered through March 13. A final assessment can be in a variety of formats, including but not limited to a portfolio, interview, teacher-made test, project, and/or some other performance-based measure. 
    • Occupational Course of Study (OCS): If an OCS student completes 157 hours of the 225 hours of “paid work hours” graduation requirement, the student will receive a Pass “PC19”. Note: This is dependent on a SBE amendment to GRAD-004.
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