Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 9/10/2020 - 6:30 PM
Type: Action
Subject: Presentation of New Grading Policy (7:55 to 8:10)
ACPS Division Objective :
Objective 2
We will implement balanced assessments.
Objective 3
We will improve opportunity and achievement.
Enclosure: NEW Grading Policy PDF

Google Slides Presentation
File Attachment:
Grading Policy Draft (Summer 2020) (1).pdf
Grading policy- equity checklist.docx
Summary: One of the four guiding principles of the Contemporary High School model is to ensure the use of fair, meaningful, and equitable grading practices. To confirm that this guiding principle is in place in our schools, division leaders undertook a study of grading practices during the 2017-18 school year. This work included a survey of all teachers in grades 4-12 on their grading practices and beliefs. The results of this survey provided details on the current state of our grading practices, and starting in 2018-19, our staff used this data to help determine next steps as our division seeks to improve student learning through the use of fair and equitable grading practices. One of the things that teachers wanted was a grading policy to guide their practice.
This policy is the first step in creating systems for grading that support all students, families, and teachers. The focus of the proposed policy emphasizes three areas; support of student learning, consistency, and accuracy.
Starting in July 2019, division leaders created a cohort of teachers to engage in professional learning focused on equitable grading practices and the complexities of implementing those practices at the classroom, building, and division level. Over 210 teachers have joined this work. This cohort will be a critical element of our ability to transform grading practices across the division and to build a shared understanding of the importance of changes to our grading practices with colleagues, students, and parents.
The next step for teacher teams will be to participate in round table discussion with central office leaders to consider and create the regulations for the policy.
Recommendation: Review of new proposed Grading Policy. Review and presentation on August 27 and possible approval on September 10
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jay Thomas - Director of Secondary Education
Signed By:
Debora Collins - Deputy Superintendent
Signed By:
Dr. Matthew Haas - Superintendent