Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Greenville County Schools recently announced its plan for grading K-12 students for the fourth quarter.
At the end of the school year, students in Pre-K through first grade will receive a semester two report of progress highlighting each student’s strengths and areas of growth while considering both remote learning and work completed before school closure.
Second through fifth graders will receive a second-semester grade in place of a fourth-quarter grade. Middle and high school students will receive a second-semester grade combining third-quarter grades completed at school with participation and engagement grades completed during the closure. Grades will be awarded based on student participation and engagement through completion of work, phone calls, Google Meets and more.
Each student will receive participation grades that correspond with a numerical grade. From second grade through senior year, students will be graded based on these criteria:
- Meets expectations — grade of 100
- Approaches expectations — grade of 85
- Does not meet expectations — grade of 70
Middle and high school students may also be awarded a numerical grade of 50 for the not-handed-in category.
While participation and engagement are being used for awarding grades, teachers will continue to provide feedback to students and may ask them to redo work to support learning.
In addition, high school seniors are expected to have all their work completed on May 15. AP, IB and dual-credit courses will be graded using traditional grading methods since these courses carry potential college credit.