COVID-19 grading expectations
As part of the district's response to the COVID-19 situation, we have developed a grading structure that allows students to succeed while also encouraging continued learning.
- NOTE: Teachers will be reaching out to families of students who need additional support by phone using Google Voice. Please be aware that the call will not show up as originating from Garland ISD and will likely have a 903 area code.
Grading before and during the closure
Want to know how our grading guidelines during the closure compare to how they were before? See the COVID-19 grading guidelines comparison page for details.
Expectations for the remainder of the school year are listed below and were structured to support the new distance learning format and ensure that all students have the opportunity to be successful.
- Prekindergarten and kindergarten teachers will continue to provide assignments and assess skills.
- There will be no Cycle 5 report card or progress report. Cycles 5 and 6 are being combined into one grading cycle from Feb. 18-May 21. Progress reports for this longer grading period will be mailed the week of May 4-8.
- Students will have the opportunity to make up any assignment grade from Feb. 18 through May 21 that is lower than a 70.
- No grades will be recorded for the weeks of March 16-March 27, as students and teachers were adjusting to the new instructional program.
- Assignments completed by students during the time from March 30 to April 10 will be graded and recorded, with no penalty to those students who had not started at-home learning.
- All graded assignments will be weighted equally. For example, a test or quiz will not be weighted any differently than a daily assignment.
- There will be no district assessments, including final exams.
- If the overall average for second semester or yearly grade is lower than a 70, students will receive an incomplete for that subject. Students will have to make up work over the summer to earn credit.
- Late work will be accepted without penalty. All late work must be submitted by May 18 to receive a grade.
- Paper packets will be mailed for students who are not able to participate in online learning with directions for submitting packet assignments.
For the Class of 2020, spring semester 2020 grades will not be used to determine class rank or final GPA, but grades will be included on the transcript. Rank and GPA for seniors will be determined using cumulative student grades through the first semester (fall 2019) of the 2019-2020 school year.
For the classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023, second semester (spring 2020) grades will be displayed on student transcripts, but for the duration of their high school career, those grades will never be included in GPA calculations.
For current middle school students, who earn high school credits in middle school, spring semester 2020 grades for high school credit courses will be displayed on student transcripts. Those grades will never be included in GPA calculations for the duration of the students’ high school career.
Students enrolled in dual credit and OnRamps courses must continue to follow college grading and testing requirements, as specified by the agreements with the collegiate partners.
GISD dual credit teachers may create additional assignments only if they are needed to fulfill the GISD required grade expectations.
Final exams will be administered for dual credit and OnRamps courses that have requirements for final exams from the partner colleges/universities. The final exam grade will be entered in the college/university gradebook according to the weight and grade policy of the partner institution. For GISD grades, teachers may use the final exam grade as one of the equally weighted assignment grades in the GISD gradebook.
All students will be assessed on Seesaw activities and their performance on the at-home learning curriculum.
Teachers will also use observations and data gathered throughout the school year to assess student performance on standards.
If a student requires additional support, teachers will add skill-specific activities in Seesaw for students who did not score Satisfactory Progress (S) for the fourth six weeks.
The report card will have a new category, Not Observed/NTO, for skills that were not teacher observed during the COVID-19 closure.
Teachers will make contact through an email or phone call at least once a week to provide support and answer any questions about weekly assignments. If you need to update your email and phone number, please email email@example.com.
Parents or students can scan or take a picture of completed work and email to the teacher or text it to the teacher’s Google Voice phone number.
It is strongly encouraged that work be submitted weekly so that students may receive timely feedback on their work.
Your child’s teacher will contact you with directions to submit completed assignments for their class(es).
If you are submitting photos of work, you will not need to physically return completed packets.
Parents/students who are not able to submit photos or scan and email/text completed work must turn in the completed written work as follows on the two dates specified:
All work completed though May 5 must be returned on May 6.
Final packet return is May 18.
Campuses will be reaching out with detailed procedures on how the packet return process will be handled.
The tables below provide details on the number of assignments per week for the remaining weeks of the school year by subject area.
Effective the week of April 13, all students are responsible for completing one assignment a week per subject for elementary and two assignments a week per subject for secondary.
Elementary Dates/Number of Assignments per Subject Area
April 27-May 1
|Math||1||1||1||1||1||All late work must be submitted by May 18 to receive a grade.|
|Fine Arts/PE||Teachers will continue to provide one assignment per week and give feedback.|
Middle and High School Dates/Number of Assignments per Subject Area
Grades 6 - 12
April 27-May 1
All late work must be submitted by May 18 to receive a grade.
Frequently asked questions about grading during COVID-19
Here are responses to some common questions about grading expectations during the COVID-19 closure. For additional questions about grading, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
GPA, class rank, dual credit and OnRamps
Students enrolled in dual credit and OnRamps courses will continue to follow college grading and testing requirements to ensure students remain eligible for college credit. To support students in these classes, dual credit teachers should use college assignments to fulfill GISD required grades for the remainder of the year. Dual credit teachers may create additional assignments only if they are needed to fulfill the GISD required grade expectations.The maximum number of grades for all GISD secondary courses is 12 for the remainder of the school year.
The GPA and class rank as of the end of the first semester (fall 2019) will be used to determine valedictorian and salutatorian, as well as class rank for graduating seniors. Second semester 2020 grades will be displayed on student transcripts, but those grades will not be included in GPA calculations for students.
We know there is no perfect solution that meets the needs of all students. Our students do not currently have equal access to at-home learning platforms and are currently navigating a wide range of challenging situations. During semester one, all students had equal access to instructional opportunities and academic support. Based on student, teacher, and administrative input, this was the solution that was determined to be most equitable to all students.
To allow for meticulous grade and transcript verification, formal notification of valedictorian, salutatorian, and top ten graduates from each campus will be made the week of May 11.
GPA for all high school credit courses will be calculated using grades through the first semester (fall 2019) grades only. Spring 2020 semester grades will be displayed on student transcripts, but those grades will never be included in GPA for the remainder of their school career.
GPA for all high school credit courses will be calculated using all grades through the first semester (fall 2019) only. Spring 2020 semester grades will be displayed on student transcripts, but those grades will never be included in student GPA for the duration of their school career.
Finals are administered based on the individual course requirements from the college/university partner. For GISD grades, teachers may use the final exam grade as one of the equally weighted assignment grades in the GISD gradebook.
All students enrolled in a high school credit-earning course during spring 2020 who earn a passing average grade will earn course credit for the semester. The grades and credits earned during spring 2020 will be reflected on the student transcript and report card but will not count in GPA calculation.
During the week of March 16-March 27, students and teachers were adjusting to the new learning environment, and student work was not graded. However, from March 30-April 10, we know students were committed to their coursework and were completing meaningful learning assignments developed by their teachers.
Assignments completed by students during the time from March 30 to April 10 will be graded and recorded, with no penalty to those students who had not started At Home Learning.
You will now start seeing grades for your child’s assignments in Skyward.
Effective the week of April 13, all students are responsible for completing one assignment a week, per subject for elementary, and two assignments a week, per subject for secondary.
Pre-K does not assign grades for core subjects. Pre-K teachers assess specific skills using a numeric rating system (1, 2, and 3). Teachers will continue to assess student skill proficiency using that rating system and that is what will be reflected on the end of year report card.
Kindergarten does not assign grades for core subjects. Kindergarten teachers assess specific skills using the rating system of M (meets expectations), S (satisfactory progress), and N (skill has been introduced and student needs additional support). Teachers will continue to assess student skill proficiency using that rating system and that is what will be reflected on the end of year report card.
Yes, both AP and IB classes will follow the same assignment and grade guidelines as all other courses. The maximum number of grades for all GISD secondary courses is 12 for the remainder of the school year.
Teachers will be given revised assignment guidelines that specify the maximum amount of time an assignment should take. The amount of time required to complete each assignment will vary according to student level. The expectation will continue to be that an assignment is a single activity or work task.
Teachers will flag assignments as “missing” in the gradebook. As work is submitted, it will be graded and recorded and the “missing” flag will be removed. There will be no penalties for late work.
Please complete the Mobile Device Service Request Form or contact your campus principal if you do not have access to email. The Campus Technology Specialist/Assistant will contact you to assist with troubleshooting your technology.
Yes. The NCAA has identified some adjustments to the initial eligibility certification process.
We are here to serve and support you. If you are unable to email your campus, for grading questions, please email the academics team at Grading@garlandisd.net.
For questions or assistance other than grading, please email Student Services at email@example.com. We also have a hotline available from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday that provides assistance in English and Spanish by calling 903-224-5761.