• 4TH QUARTER GRADING PLAN K-12

    Kingston City School District

    2020

    Grading is considered a positive tool to indicate achievement and development in each subject. With the many changes as a result of the mandatory school closure, the Kingston City School District will continue to use a uniform grading system; however, will not be following the traditional grading process for the 4th quarter. Our primary goal and attention is to assist and support students for not only the remaining 10 weeks of this school year but for the long term.

    We are thankful for the resourceful efforts of our teachers/staff and collective district supports for developing and implementing a distance instruction plan essentially overnight. Even in times of extreme uncertainty and disruption, it is important that school goes on. Teachers are encouraged and expected to be flexible with instruction and learning activities to provide feedback based on expectations without the traditional grading and timelines.

    The final quarter of the 2019-20 school year is about maintaining the daily familiarity of faces; the space for valuing discovery, learning, and discussing ideas; the witnessing of, participating in and belonging to a community. The focus must continue to help students and teachers remain connected through experiencing the freedom to explore the intrinsic value of learning, of working hard, rather than worrying about what “counts” and what “doesn’t."

     

    Grading for Elementary and Middle School Students (Grades K-6)

    Realizing the complexities and inequities created by learning from home, KCSD will be providing feedback and not numeric grades for Q4. Individual student situations are to be taken into consideration along with completed tasks. Each activity/assignment, as well as the final fourth quarter grade, will be determined as follows:

    EE = Exceeds expectations

    • Student exceeds course standards at a high academic level
    • Work is consistently complete
    • Student demonstrating engagement and attainment of key concepts

    ME = Meets expectations

    • Student generally meets course standards at a satisfactory academic level
    • Work is generally complete, may be missing some assignments
    • Student demonstrates general engagement and attainment of concepts

    UA = Unable to Assess

    • Student unable to meet course standards
    • Work is not completed (few or no assignments)
    • Student is disengaged and cannot attain concepts

     

    Grading for Secondary Students (Grades 7-12)

    The middle and high school will be using a numeric scale of 6, 3, and 0 points that corresponds to the letter codes in reference to calculating final averages. Ultimately, our goal is “do no harm.” Each activity/assignment, as well as the fourth quarter grade, will be determined as follows:

    EE = Exceeds expectations

    • Student exceeds course standards at a high academic level
    • Work is consistently complete
    • Student demonstrating engagement and attainment of key concepts

    ME = Meets Expectations

    • Student generally meets course standards at a satisfactory academic level
    • Work is generally complete, may be missing some assignments
    • Student demonstrates general engagement and attainment of concepts

    UA = Unable to Assess

    • Student unable to meet course standards
    • Work is not completed (few or no assignments)
    • Student is disengaged and cannot attain concepts

     

    These codes will not equate to a certain “percentage” attained. Rather, this is a holistic assessment of student effort and work completed. Teachers should consider all aspects of individual students’ situations inclusive of: access to technology, level of support, social-emotional wellness of student and family, and academic performance.

     

    How will final course averages be determined?

    Students will receive a numeric final grade that will take into account the following:

    • Course average of Quarter 1, Quarter 2, Quarter 3 (The two quarters with the highest averages will be weighed more heavily.)
    • Feedback from Quarter 4, if a student earns a:
                -Exceeds Expectations, 6 points will be added to their final average.
                -Meets Expectations, 3 points will be added to their final average.
                -Unable to Assess, 0 points added to their final average.

    Will progress reports be completed for 4th Quarter?

    Yes. Comments will be provided.

    Will final exams be given?

    The Board of Regents has determined that there will be no Regents exams for the 2019-20 school year. KCSD will not be administering local (Non-Regents) finals during the 2019-20 school year. As was stipulated in the KCSD Continuity of Instruction Plan, for students enrolled in a SUNY Ulster or any collegiate course, they should be sure to follow the expectations of that course as directed by that institution.

    How will Regents course credit be granted?

    Completing the unit of study requirements in the Commissioner's Regulations Department Guidance issued March 13, 2020 outlined the requirements for granting diploma credit for courses interrupted by the COVID-19 closures. The student should be granted the diploma credit as long as the student has met the standards assessed in the provided coursework.

    How will Regents exam credit be granted?

    The NYS Board of Regents has established exemptions for the corresponding Regents exam if one of the following criteria is met:

    • The student is currently enrolled in the course of study culminating in a Regents Exam and by the scheduled date of the June 2020 Regents Examination will have earned credit in such course of study;
    • The student is currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents Examination and has failed to earn credit by the end of the school year. Such student returns for summer instruction to make up the failed course credit and is subsequently granted diploma credit in August 2020; or
    • The student was previously enrolled in the course leading to an applicable Regents Examination, has achieved course credit, and has not yet passed the associated Regents Exam but was intending to take the test in June to achieve a passing score.