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.

Have questions? 

See the Frequently Asked Questions section below. For additional or specific questions about grading, contact grading@garlandisd.net.

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.

Grading expectations

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.
GPA and Class Rank
  • 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.

Dual Credit and OnRamps Coursework
  • 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.

Prekindergarten and Kindergarten

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.

Paper Packet Grading
  • 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 askstudentservices@garlandisd.net.  

  • 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.

Assignment schedule

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

Grades 1-5
Subject
April 13-17
April 20-24
April 27-May 1
May 4-8
May 11-15
May 18-21
Math11111All late work must be submitted by May 18 to receive a grade.
ELAR11111
Writing11111
Science11111
Social Studies11111
Fine Arts/PETeachers 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
Subject
April 13-17
April 20-24
April 27-May 1
May 4-8
May 11-15
May 18-21
Math22222

All late work must be submitted by May 18 to receive a grade.

ELAR22222
Science22222
Social Studies22222
Electives22222

Frequently asked questions about grading during COVID-19

Here are responses to some common questions about grading expecations during the COVID-19 closure. For additional questions about grading, contact grading@garlandisd.net.

GPA, class rank, dual credit and OnRamps

What are the expectations for dual credit and OnRamps classes?

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.  

How will GPA, class rank, valedictorian and salutatorian be determined for graduating seniors of 2020?

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.

 

Why won’t second semester grades count this year for class rank and GPA?

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. 

When will seniors officially be notified of final rank?

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.

How will GPA be determined for underclassmen?

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.

My child has earned high school credit in middle school. What happens to their GPA?

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.

I thought final and semester exams were cancelled. Why does my child have to take finals for dual credit or OnRamps classes?

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.

Since GPA is not counting this semester, will students still earn course credits?

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.

 

General grading

Will the work students did from March 16-April 10 count toward their grades?

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.

 

What does it mean that Pre-K will “continue to assess skills?”

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. 

What does it mean that kindergarten will “continue to assess skills?”

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.  

Will Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) classes follow the grading guidelines for high school courses?

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.  

What is the definition of an assignment? My child may have one assignment, but it’s really four or more assignments all rolled into one.

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.

I have not yet received a paper packet for my child. What grade will my child get?

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.

If my Chromebook breaks or I need a charge cord or other technical support, what do I do?

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.

 

Are there changes to NCAA eligibility requirements for college-bound athletes?

Yes. The NCAA has identified some adjustments to the initial eligibility certification process.

See the NCAA Eligibility Center COVID-19 Response FAQs document for details.

How do I talk to someone if I have any questions?

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  askstudentservices@garlandisd.net. 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.