Grades

Find a summary of key grading policies and details about grade points and how they are calculated.

Grading policies

Grading and grouping procedures are defined by the following board policies:  EIA (Local)EIA (Regulation), and EIC (Exhibit) policies.

These policies were set based on feedback from teachers, administrators, district leaders, parents and community members. 

Progress reports & report cards

Reports of student progress are distributed to students and posted online in Skyward. See the Grading reporting dates calendar for dates of distribution for this school year.

Use Skyward to see grades

Students and parents may access current student grades, progress reports, report cards, attendance information and more through the Skyward Family Access student information system. 

Skyward Login

See Skyward Gradebook for help viewing grade information. For information about the Skyward system, visit Skyward help.

Teachers are encouraged to send progress updates to all PreK-12 students to show standards mastery and provide specific feedback about student effort in their learning. The district shall provide progress reports to the guardians after the third and sixth week of each grading cycle for all students in grades 1-12. Guardians will also get a written notice of the student’s grades in each course at the end of each grading cycle.

For elementary students below the 21st percentile on the universal screener and found to be in need of Tier 2 instructional support, teachers will schedule an RTI conference with the parent and work together to create a Problem-Solving Model (PSM)  document to plan for interventions.

Makeup work & late work

Elementary school students will be allowed to make up assignments and tests without a grade penalty after an excused or unexcused absence. Secondary school students will be given at least two regularly scheduled class days (A/B) for every day missed completing the assignments or tests missed after an excused or unexcused absence. Students must be given at least one opportunity to submit late work not related to an absence.

Reteach, retest and intervention plans

Teachers will work with students and families to develop intervention plans for struggling students. Reteach should include different instructional strategies than what was used initially during the “first teach.” After implementing the reteach within 5 school days, the teacher will reassess students and compare it to the initial assessment. Retest opportunities are available after re-teaching has occurred and within five school days of receiving the original assessment grade.

For all Advanced Academics courses including AP, IB, and dual credit, the course syllabus will outline reteach/retest opportunities for each course. The reteach/retest opportunities must align with the higher education partner institution policies for dual credit and dual enrollment courses. Parents should be notified if students are removed from any core or enrichment TEKS-based course or classroom for test preparation, and grades for the missed course/class must reflect student absence from instruction.

How grades are determined

See expectations by grade level for cycle grades and weights, semester and end of year (EOY) grades.

PreK-K

Cycle grade guidelines and weights

The pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teacher will evaluate the student’s mastery of district curriculum and state standards by observation and student performance. Reports should reflect the progress of a student in the areas of:

  • Listening and Speaking

  • Phonological Awareness

  • Print Awareness/Reading Readiness

  • Comprehension

  • Writing/Fine Motor

  • Social Studies

  • Mathematics

  • Work Habits and Social Development

  • Science/Health

  • Art, Music, Physical Education

EOY grades

Letters & symbols will be used to reflect skill mastery.

Grades 1-5

Cycle grade guidelines and weights

Teachers are required to update grades in Skyward a minimum of one time per week. 

  • Minor grades: 80% (8 grades minimum)
    Classwork, assignments, homework and quizzes      

  • Major grades: 20% (2-3 grades minimum)
    Tests, projects, products, Benchmark Exams, common assessments

EOY grades

  • Cycle 1 - 25%      

  • Cycle 2 - 25%

  • Cycle 3 – 25%

  • Cycle 4 – 25%

Total: 100% 

Grades 6-8

Cycle grade guidelines and weights

Teachers are required to update grades in Skyward a minimum of two times per week. 

  • Minor grades: 70% (10 grades minimum)
    Classwork, assignments, homework, quizzes                           

  • Major grades: 20% (4 grades minimum)
    Tests, projects, products, Benchmark Exams, common assessments

  • Cycle exam: 10% (1 grade per cycle)

Semester grades

Semester 1
  • Cycle 1 - 50%      

  • Cycle 2 - 50%

Total: 100%  

Semester 2
  • Cycle 3 – 50%

  • Cycle 4 – 50%

Total: 100%

Final averages

Report card and transcript formats only display semester averages. There is no final or end-of-year average. Credit, grades, grade points, rank in class, etc., are all based on semester grades only.

In the rare event that a student has one semester grade below 70 and the other above 70 so that the student’s overall average is passing for a two-semester course, the failing grade will be displayed with a “period” after it to designate that credit was earned for this semester.

Grades 9-12

Cycle grade guidelines and weights

Teachers are required to update grades in Skyward a minimum of two times per week. 

  • Minor grades: 60% (10 grades minimum)
    Classwork, assignments, homework, quizzes                         

  • Major grades: 30% (4 grades minimum)
    Tests, projects, products, Benchmark Exams, common assessments

  • Cycle exam: 10% (1 grade per cycle)                            

Campus-based 2nd & 4th cycle exemption options are available to students based on 1st & 3rd Cycle Grades, Daily Attendance, and CCMR met status.

For dual credit courses taught on or off the high school campus, the grading system used will be the grading system of the partner college or university. If numeric grades are not provided, letter grades will be converted (EIC Exhibit C) and submitted to Skyward at the end of each semester.

Semester grades

Semester 1
  • Cycle 1 - 50%      

  • Cycle 2 - 50%

Total: 100%  

Semester 2
  • Cycle 3 – 50%

  • Cycle 4 – 50%

Total: 100%

Final averages

Report card and transcript formats only display semester averages. There is no final or end-of-year average. Credit, grades, grade points, rank in class, etc., are all based on semester grades only.

In the rare event that a student has one semester grade below 70 and the other above 70 so that the student’s overall average is passing for a two-semester course, the failing grade will be displayed with a “period” after it to designate that credit was earned for this semester.