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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


Excused and Unexcused Absences


Student Fees, Fines, Charges

Legal References:



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


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


Grading policies--Option to consider Attendance



Discipline--Conditions & limitations


Responsibilities Related to instruction


Secondary Education--Standardized High School Transcript


Washington State Honors Award Program


First Reading: March 19, 2002

Adopted by the Board: July 16, 2002

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