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Grading Policy for Distance Learning

From Gregory A. Franklin, Ed.D., Superintendent

TUSD Grading Update – Administrative Regulation 

As mentioned in previous communications, the Tustin Unified School District has received updated information from the colleges and universities about high school transcripts and admissions.

The University of California (UC) system has updated their guidance that suggests they will now accept student transcripts with a mixture of letter grades and credit/pass marks.  Based on this information, the Administrative Regulation below has been adopted on a temporary basis for the 2020 spring semester.  Please note, all high school students will have the option of selecting a letter grade for each class.   Please read the following:

Temporary Grading Regulation During the Spring Semester due to the Governor’s Executive Order to Shelter at Home 

Evaluating student work and progress is an important function of teachers and schools.  School closures create many challenges to this regular educational function because teachers and students each have unique contexts for their work during this time.  This Administrative Regulation outlines the District’s grading practices in this context.

Final report cards for high school students (grades 9-12) will receive marks of “Credit” or “Incomplete.”  Letter grades will only be issued for classes selected by students.  Students must notify their teachers via a provided Google form by Friday, May 22, in order to receive the letter grade option.  Under both options, students will receive a “Credit” (or letter grade) that is equal to or higher than their third quarter grade, which was completed before school closures began.  Students who have not earned credit or a passing grade by the end of the semester will be given an “Incomplete.”  The “Incomplete” mark allows students to complete the course for “Credit” during summer school 2020, and fall and spring semesters 2020-21.

  • If students do not respond to the District survey, they will automatically earn a CR on their transcript for the 2nd Semester if they had a D- or higher at the 3rd Quarter.  Students who were failing at the 3rd Quarter can complete coursework during Distance Learning to raise their credit to CR standing. Students who are still failing at the end of the 4th Quarter will receive an INC. 

  • If students elect for the CR/INC option, they will earn a CR on their transcript for the 2nd Semester if they had a D- or higher in the 3rd Quarter.  Students who were failing at the 3rd Quarter can complete coursework during Distance Learning to raise their credit to CR standing. Students who are still failing at the end of the 4th Quarter will receive an INC.

  • If students elect for a letter grade, the lowest grade possible for the 2nd Semester is the grade they held at the 3rd Quarter, regardless of the work completed during Distance Learning.

  • If students elect for a letter grade, their semester grade will include all work done during Distance Learning, unless it lowers their grade.  Essentially, 2nd Semester grades can only be raised by completing Distance Learning coursework.  Distance Learning coursework cannot lower a semester grade.