Grading Guidance


    Continuous learning requires educators to think about the enduring concepts of content; learning being for learning’s sake, without the expectation of covering a specific content or subject area; developmentally appropriate tasks or projects that provide opportunities for scholars to engage meaningfully in content through different ways; and providing feedback to scholars in a variety of ways. Scholars are introduced to concepts and explore content while applying their learning and self-assessing in a way that demonstrates learning and progression in grade level standards as established by Washington State Learning Standards. We are not assessing a product or test, but rather the learning process. Allowing for voice and choice is key for scholars to engage in a meaningful way with tasks and projects we provide.

    K-8 Elementary and Middle School noncredit-bearing grading
    Progress/Grades for K-8 will be entered on the district-adopted report card/Skyward and placed in the cumulative file for record keeping purposes (help next year’s teacher address scholar needs). However, report cards will not be sent home with scholars for fourth quarter under COVID-19.

    We will communicate educational growth and progress to families on weekly basis, via feedback, office hours and regular written communication. There may be a written narrative addressing standards taught and the scholar’s performance towards the standards.

    Grades K-5: At the conclusion of the school year, teachers will share a written progress report with parents. This report will indicate

    • “Adequate progress” with a narrative describing the student’s progress by content area
    • “Not enough evidence to determine adequate progress” with a narrative describing students current level and need by content area

    Teachers will mark “adequate progress” OR “not enough evidence to determine adequate progress” with narrative on each student’s report card. When possible, the teacher should note progress by standard. This report card will be placed in each student’s cumulative file.

    Grades 6-8: At the conclusion of the school year, teachers will share progress with parents through grading. Grades will be reported as whole numbers. 6th-8th grade will be assigned a 4, 3, 2, Incomplete on the standards-based report card following OSPI’s guidance principal of Do NO Harm*. 

    Retention and Incompletes
    Teachers will continue with their responsibility to evaluate and communicate scholar educational growth and progress to families and to administrators on a periodic basis (RCW 28A.150.240).

    Scholars in grades K–8 will be challenged to demonstrate effort and success in learning standards established by their teachers. Scholars will move on to the next grade (no scholar will be retained or held back), unless by mutual agreement between parents/guardians and teachers they agree to repeat a grade or a portion of learning missed. Building administrators are required to communicate to the superintendent any scholars who are being considered for retention early on in the process and well before any final decision has been decided.

    Incomplete Score: In addition, building administrators must communicate to the superintendent a reengagement plan for any student who receives an Incomplete.

    9–12 and middle school scholars taking credit-bearing high school level work grading guidance

    • All students will resume learning after our time off on April 27. The grades prior to our time off will continue to adjust with the grades for the time between April 27 and June 17.
    • Students will not receive a pass, fail, or no credit grade for any course other than Teacher’s Assistant.
    • Teachers will assign grades or assign an incomplete for students who cannot engage in an equitable way. The grades assigned will be on an A, B, or C scale.  A letter grade of D or F is not an option. The following grading scale will be followed:
    • Every class taken during the closure period will be given a statewide designator on the transcript.

    100% - 85% = A

      84% - 70% = B

      69% - 35% = C

      34% - 0%   = Incomplete

    Grading of Assignments will continue as follows:

    1. Teachers will continue to enter assignments with point values.
    2. Any assignment that does not improve a student’s grade will be left as an * or marked as a “no count.” (Does not apply to schools on trimester schedule.)

    Feedback is an important part of the learning process. Students will continue to receive meaningful feedback from their teachers. The district will continue to provide opportunities for your child to further their education through Google Classroom or paper packets.  We encourage you to help your students make the most of these opportunities.  

    Incomplete - Reengagement Plan
    Scholars assigned an incomplete for a course will be given opportunities to reengage in the learning standards based on local school district decisions in consultation with the scholar/parents/guardians, including but not limited to:

    1. Summer school,
    2. Courses in the following term or year,
    3. Independent study,
    4. Competency-based courses,
    5. Online courses, or
    6. Backfilling the incomplete grade with the letter grade obtained in the next course taken in that subject area.

     All scholars will be given an opportunity to engage in continuous learning to maintain or improve their mastery of essential standards.


     Guidance taken from:

    *SCHOLAR LEARNING AND GRADING GUIDANCE 2020: Chris Reykdal Superintendent of Public Instruction







    Revised 5.27.20