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    Incomplete Process for Secondary Grading
    Posted on 12/16/2020

    On August 12, 2020, the SPS School Board voted to temporarily suspend portions of the district's high school grading policy (Policy 2420) so that students taking high school or middle school courses will earn "A-C-" or "Incomplete" final grades as measures of their learning progress. This revised grading scale, along with associated grading guidance provided to educators, seeks to minimize harm to students and promote equitable grading practices during remote learning.

    The "C-" final grade cut off for students is 70% on the 100-point scale. This means if your student has a grade below 70% as their final grade, they will receive an "Incomplete." As in the spring, "D" and "E" grades will still be visible in the grade book and on the Source. However, teachers will convert "D" and "E" grades into "Incomplete" final grades at the end of the semester.

    An "Incomplete" will only be earned after a detailed support process involving the teacher, relevant learning team (e.g., IEP team), and school leaders. If your student is at risk of earning an incomplete, you and your student should be receiving regular communication from your student's teacher. It is expected that teachers are routinely updating their grade books and connecting with students who are at risk of receiving an "Incomplete" grade.

    If your student is at risk of earning an "Incomplete" and you have not been contacted, please reach out to your student's teacher. As part of this support process, educators are also offering Wednesday help sessions for students needing extra support. Contact your teacher directly for more details.

    If, after the support process, a student earns an "Incomplete" grade for a course as their final grade, the student will have the opportunity to appeal the grade and/or work with their teacher to create and complete a learning plan to earn a letter grade and course credit.

    If students with IEPs and 504s are at risk of earning an "Incomplete," the student's educator will consult with their IEP case manager or the school-based 504 team, as well as the student and their family, to review student progress, ensure appropriate supports, accommodations, and modifications are present for remote learning and develop a plan for completing the course and earning credit.

    For students in Running Start, the "A-C-" or "Incomplete" grading policy does not apply. Running Start course grades are assigned by outside entities and are subject to their individual grading policy. SPS records theses grades on the high school transcript as they are given. For students in College in High School courses, the only grades that can appear on their high school transcript for this year are "A-C-" or "Incomplete." However, the SPS grading policy does not apply to college transcript grades. All progress reports and grades can be found by logging into the Source.

    For more information about remote learning and the supports available for your student, visit the Remote Learning Resources page.