byCCPS Press Releases

The Board of Education on Dec. 11 unanimously approved a grading policy thatstandardizesthe scale middle and high school teachers use todeterminean “F” grade.

Policy 5000 requires teachers to use a uniform grading scale that does not allow for minimum grades. The policy defines an F grade as 0 to 59 percent. Several high schools are using a minimum grading scale for an F, but the Board is requiring all schools toadopt the new grading scale at the start of the third quarter on Jan. 28.

The Board discussed the grading policy at several meetings before adopting the uniform scale. The Board considered a grading committee recommendation, conducted a gradingsurvey and accepted comments during a Town Hall.

Policy 5000

Elementary and Secondary: Progress: Reporting to Parents: Secondary Grading

The Board of Educationis committedto maintaining high performance and achievement standards for all students and to ensuring student accountability for the grade they have earned. It is also committed to providing a fair process for evaluating and reporting student progress that isequitable, as well as understandable to both students and their parents.

All middle and high schools will use the grading scale listed below, and no minimum gradeswill be assigned.

  • A – superior (90-100 percent)
    • B – above average (80-89 percent)
    • C – average (70-79 percent)
    • D – below average (60-69 percent)
    • F – failure (0-59 percent)
  • I – incomplete

In Grades 6 through 12, semester andfinalgradeswill be computedby averaging numerical grades. Quarterly gradeswill be calculatedby deriving a quarterly mathematical average, then translating that average into a letter grade using the scale listed above.

In addition to marking achievement in the subject areas, teachersare requiredto mark one other column on the report card. The citizenship report is the teacher’s judgmentregardingthe student’s adherence to classroom standards of acceptable behavior. Citizenshipis ratedas follows:

• O – outstanding
• S – satisfactory
• N – needs improvement

All Board policies can be found on BoardDocs atwww.boarddocs.com/mabe/ccpsmd/Board.nsf/Public#.