Quarter 4 Grading Information for Grade 6-12 Students & Families

Dear Families & Students:

We want to let you know that our Instructional Continuity Team has
made a determination about how to handle grades for Quarter 4 and final marks for the year.  We continued to be guided by the goal of doing no harm to
students’ ability to earn credit and demonstrate learning of course material in
these extraordinary times.

A summary is below. We have also developed a 2019-20 Parent/Student
Grade Guide which contains additional details. Because of the complexity of converting our grading system to this approach in PowerSchool, some things may look different in the system. We strongly encourage everyone to read through the guide.

Summary of 2019-20 Grading

  • For Quarter 3, teachers used assignments due on or before March 13 to calculate a percentage score for each student that factors into final grading and is converted into either a Pass (P) or Incomplete (I) for the quarter with passing being 64.5% or higher.
  • Quarter 4 work will be graded using a simplified, non-traditional model of Evidence of Learning (EOL)/ Not Yet Learned (NYL). Grades for Quarter 4 will be on a Pass (P) or Incomplete (I) basis. Quarter 4 grades will be used to track student learning throughout the end of the 2019-20 school year, but will not be used in calculations of final course grades.
  • Final course grades will be calculated by averaging the Quarter 1, 2 and 3 percentage grades equally, which will be converted into either an Incomplete (I) or a Pass (P) for the year. The P will not calculate into the high school GPA.
  • Students in grades 9-12 (and in Accelerated Algebra at the Middle School) have the option of replacing a “P” grade with the percentage grade for their permanent transcript. The numerical % grades will be calculated into students’ GPA. Students may elect to take this option for all, none, or a subset of their courses. In order to do so, they must notify their teacher(s) in writing prior to June 12th, 2020.
  • Students will be able to make up work to replace any Incomplete (I) with a Pass (P) until a future date. This date has yet to be determined, but will not be until after we are all back together at school.

Again, we ask you to read through the 2019-20 Parent/Student Grade Guide for full details. This is linked on the Technology Support Site we announced last week for easy access as the end of the year approaches.

This system represents our best efforts to provide flexibility for all and every effort for students to earn course credit and demonstrate learning in these extraordinary circumstances.

The Niskayuna Central School District Team