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EPISD outlines grading procedures for distance learning

(EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT April 14, 2020) — EPISD today announced its guidelines for student assessment and grading during the COVID-19 related campus closures that forced students and teachers to shift to distance learning in March.

Grading procedures were crafted using guidance from the Texas Education Agency and best practices from other local and state education experts who also are dealing with school closures during the pandemic.

EPISD developed three different grading systems: one each for students in elementary, middle and high school campuses.

Elementary School Grading Guidelines

  • Once a week for eight weeks, a grade of Progressing (P) or Not Progressing (NP) will be recorded.
  • Students in grades second through fifth will not have an overall numerical grade during the fourth nine-weeks.
  • Students in grades Pre-K to first-1st will continue to receive a P or NP during the fourth nine-weeks in TEAMS.
  • Final grade for the semester will be determined by the average of first three nine-weeks grades.

Middle School Grading Guidelines

  • Teachers will provide feedback through both numeric grades and participation in EPISD@HOME with at least eight weekly grades through the reminder of the year.
  • Once a week a grade of Passing (P) or Not Passing (NP) will be recorded.
  • An overall grade for the fourth nine weeks of P or NP will be recorded.
  • High-school credit courses (Spanish and algebra) will follow high-school grading procedure.

High School Grading Guidelines       

  • Teachers will provide feedback through both numeric grades and participation EPISD@HOME with at least eight weekly grades through the reminder of the year.
  • Once a week a grade of Passing (P) or Not Passing (NP) will be recorded.
  • An overall grade for the fourth nine weeks of P or NP will be recorded.
  • Spring semester grades will be based on the third nine weeks. Subject to the exceptions listed below.
    • Exception No. 1: Students eligible for credit averaging (Example: Student earned 60 during the first semester, a 70 during the third nine weeks, and a 90 during fourth nine weeks, would reflect average 80 in semester grade and earn credit for both semesters.)
    • Exception No. 2: Students with third nine weeks failures (Example: Student earned 60 during third nine weeks, and 80 during fourth nine weeks would reflect average 70 in semester grade)
    • Students enrolled in EPCC Dual Credit or UT OnRamps courses will be affected by the colleges’ decisions. 

EPISD also announced on Tuesday procedures for the State Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) and End of Course (EOC) examination for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.

As previously announced by the state, students in grades third through eighth will not be subject to STAAR examination or regulations for this academic year.

EOC requirements, which are mandatory for graduation, also will be waived for the year. Students currently enrolled in EOC-tested subjects will not have to complete the corresponding exam if they earn credit for that course during this school year. Any student who does not earn credit for an EOC-tested course will be subject to examination during the 2020-2021 school year.

Seniors who have not passed all required EOC exams and/or credits needed for graduation will be contacted by their school in regard to the Individual Graduation Committee Process outlined by the state.