Update on DOE grading policy

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This morning we shared a K-12 citywide grading policy for the 2020-21 school year.

Statement from me: “This year’s grading policy maintains a high bar for student achievement and keeps our students engaged, while being responsive to the flexibility our families need in the ongoing pandemic. Schools will select a grading scale that meets the needs of their community with a high expectation and the necessary flexibility to best support New York City students.”

The policy maintains the DOE’s academic standards, returning to the grading scales used pre-pandemic while still allowing school communities to continue to adapt to unique needs in remote and blended learning. It is designed to keep students on track to meet the DOE’s high standards while meeting their academic and social-emotional needs. Every school will select their grading scales for marking periods and final grades. The policy gives elementary and middle schools the opportunity to select their grading scales (ie. 1-4 scale, numerical scale out of 100 points, A-D alphabetical scale), but no students will receive failing grades. Families will also be able to update any passing grade to a standard mark (“meets standards” for elementary school, “pass” for middle school, and “credit” for high school) to show that they have met standards, if they prefer to have their child’s performance reflected on a less granular scale as they adapt to blended and remote learning.

The grading policy for the 2020-21 school year is effective immediately:

  • Grades 3-K and Pre-K: There is no impact as these students do not receive report cards or grades.
  • Grades K-5: Schools choose their grading scales. Students will receive grades of “needs improvement” (N) in place of failing grades. Parents/guardians may choose to have passing grades updated to “meets standards” (MT).
  • Grades 6-8: Schools choose their grading scales. Students will receive grades of “course in progress” (NX) in place of failing grades. Parents/guardians may choose to have passing grades updated to “pass” (P). Grades of “P” will not be factored into students’ GPAs. Students are still expected to meet learning outcomes for their courses, and teachers will provide support for their students.
  • Grades 9-12:  Schools choose their grading scales. Students will receive grades of “course in progress” (NX) in place of failing grades. Parents/guardians may choose to have passing grades updated to “credit” (CR). Grades of “CR” will not be factored into students’ GPAs. Students are still expected to meet learning outcomes for their courses, and teachers will provide support for their students. If students do not meet the learning outcomes by the relevant deadlines for completing courses in progress, they will receive a failing final grade.

Schools are expected to take into account the full year of work and current circumstances when making assessments for final grading. Schools will support students in middle and high school who receive “course in progress” grades with their learning beyond the end of the term, and teachers will target instruction to the individual needs of each student so they can progress toward meeting the learning outcomes for their courses. We are still awaiting guidance from the State on Regents exams.

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