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2420 - Grading and Progress Reports

BOARD POLICY No. 2420

GRADING AND PROGRESS REPORTS

The board believes that the cooperation of school and home is a vital ingredient in the growth and education of the student and recognizes the responsibility to keep parents/guardians informed of student welfare and progress in school.

The issuance of grades, written progress reports and parent conferences on a regular basis serves as the basis for continuous evaluation of the student's performance and determining changes that should be made to effect improvement. These written and verbal reports shall be designed to provide information that will be helpful to the student, teacher, counselor and parent/guardian.

The district shall comply with the marking/grading system incorporated into the statewide standardized high school transcript. Secondary students’ grade points shall be reported for each term, individually and cumulatively. The board directs the superintendent to establish a system of reporting student progress and shall require all staff members to comply with such a system as part of their teaching responsibility.

At the beginning of each term, each teacher shall specify in writing the student learning goals or standards for his/her respective courses. If participation is used as the basis of mastery of a goal or standard, a student's grades may be adversely affected if he/she is absent on a day there was a graded participation activity. If the teacher does not so advise students in writing, the teacher may not use attendance and participation in the grading process. Individual students who feel that an unjust application of attendance or tardiness factors has been made, may follow the appeal process for resolving the differences.

A student's grade report may be withheld until such time the student pays for any school property that has been lost or willfully damaged. Upon payment for damages or the equivalency through voluntary work, the grade report will be released. The student or his/her parents/guardians may appeal the imposition of a charge for damages to the superintendent and board of directors.

Cross References:

Board Policy

3122

Excused and Unexcused Absences

3520

Student Fees, Fines, Charges

Legal References:

RCW

28A.150.240(2g)

Basic Education Act of 1977--Certificated teaching & administrative staff as accountable for classroom teaching--Scope-- Responsibilities--Penalty

28A.635.060

Defacing or injuring school property--Liability of parent/guardian

28A.600.030

Grading policies--Option to consider Attendance

WAC

180-40-235

Discipline--Conditions & limitations

180-44-010

Responsibilities Related to instruction

180-57

Secondary Education--Standardized High School Transcript

392-210

Washington State Honors Award Program

 

First Reading: March 19, 2002

Adopted by the Board: July 16, 2002

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