• HPS Grading Information during COVID Closure

    HPS Grading Information during COVID Closure

    Department of Elementary and Secondary (DESE) Commissioner, Jeffery Riley provides the following guidance on student work and grading:

    ● To the extent practicable, teachers should provide feedback on student work completed at home. That said, if districts and schools have not already implemented policies regarding credit-bearing courses (determining credit for academic work at home), we strongly recommend that academic content be graded as “credit/no credit” so as to incentivize continuous learning while acknowledging the challenging situation we face. Non-credit bearing courses, such as those for elementary and middle school students, could incorporate other incentives to keep students motivated to continue their learning.

    ● Before moving forward with any determinations of “no credit,” we strongly urge districts and schools to consider whether the students have had equitable access to learning opportunities during this closure, keeping in mind the variety of technology, health, disability, and language challenges that could occur.

     

    Haverhill Grading During Closure

    Remote learning is not intended to replicate the traditional school day. Therefore, grading during this closure is not intended to replicate that of the traditional school day. A school’s determination of “no credit” will not be made without ample evidence that the school afforded the student considerable flexibility with respect to whether the student had equitable access to learning opportunities during this closure, taking into account technology, health, disability, and language challenges that may have adversely impacted academic performance.

    Credit during the closure may be determined by, but not limited to:

    ● The extent to which students complete a portion of assignments to the best of their ability

    ● The extent to which students communicate with teachers and other school staff members about assignments to the best of their ability

    ● The extent to which students participate with teachers in Google hangout classes to access the assignments to the best of their ability

    If a student does not complete any assigned work during closure despite emotional readiness, access to the technology and appropriate support for the work, they may receive a “no credit” designation, which will be determined in partnership with the student’s family.

    Haverhill Public Schools K – 8 Grading During Closure

    At the elementary and middle school level the first trimester of the 19-20 school year was completed and grades were shared with families in December of 2019. The second trimester of SY 19-20 was scheduled to end one day into the school closure. Teachers are currently calculating grades for the second trimester using the school’s traditional method of grade calculation. Those grades will be submitted to the school leadership by April 20 th and report cards will be available to families via the School Brains portal on April 29, 2020.  During the third trimester of 2020, given the current closure, HPS elementary and middle school principals agree to assess student performance using a designation of “credit/no credit” for a reasonable workload as recommended by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Schools will use HPS report cards while following DESE guidance for determining credit/no credit:

    Grade Band Grade Comment
    K -4 Meets Credit Participated and attempted work
    Needs Improvement No Credit Did not participate or attempt work
    Not Assessed Not covered by teacher
    5–8 Credit Participated and attempted work
    No Credit Did not participate or attempt work

    Haverhill High School & Greenleaf Academy Grading During Closure

    At the Haverhill High School and at Greenleaf Academy semester one grades closed in January. Quarter three grades were near completion as the ongoing building closure began. Sufficient assignments had been completed prior to the shutdown to allow for a traditional quarter three grade, students unable to complete all quarter three assignments will be granted extended time. As we move into quarter four, students will have the option of either 1) receiving a grade of Credit/ No Credit, or 2) they may elect to receive a traditional letter grade, which unlike the credit/no credit option will contribute to their class rank.

    Grades for year-long classes will be calculated by averaging together the first three quarters. Grades from the fourth quarter may be used to improve the student’s overall grade for the year, but will not be used to reduce the grade.

    We are aware that this grading system is not optimal and does not provide a full understanding of the student’s mastery of a given content area. We are hopeful that schooling will return to something closer to what we are all familiar with by the fall, if not we will most certainly be working with other school districts and the state to determine how to best support and educate our students.

    Stay well,

    Margaret

    Dr. Margaret Marotta Ed D Superintendent of Schools

     

    Letter from DESE on Distant Learning

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