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Grading Recommendations and Graduation Requirements - Spring 2020

Grading Recommendations and Issuance of Credit: Grades 9-12

  1. Students' final 3rd quarter grades can be used as the final grades for the 4th quarter in all classes students were enrolled in at the time of closure.
  2. By completing 4th quarter supplemental work provided by the instructor, students have an opportunity to increase their grade.
  3. No portion of supplemental work assigned during 4th quarter can be used to lower a student's grade.
  4. At the discretion of the instructor, students may re-do and re-submit assignments and work from the 3rd quarter for the purpose of increasing their grades.

Definition of "On-Track" to Graduate

Students meeting any of the following criteria are "on-track" to graduate:

  • All 12th grade students that have completed and are enrolled in all courses necessary for graduation in May 2020 at the time of the district's closure on March 16, 2020
  • All 12th grade students that were passing all required courses with a "D" or bettter at the time of the district's closure on March 16, 2020
    • All 12th grade students that were not passing all required courses with a "D" or better at the time of the district's closure on March 16, 2020, shall be responsible for completing all teacher-required 4th quarter assignments and work necessary for a passing grade and graduation eligibility.
    • At the teacher's discretion, all 12th grade students that were not passing all required courses with a "D" or better at the time of the district's closure on March 16, 2020, shall re-do and re-submit assignments and work from the 3rd quarter for the purpose of obtaining a passing grade.

6-8 Grading and Promotion Recommendations

  • Grades: Students' final 3rd quarter grades will be used as the grades in all classes students were enrolled in at the time of closure, unless students increase their grades as outlined below.
    • By completing 4th quarter work, students have an opportunity to increase their grade.
    • Instructors also have the discretion for students to redo and re-submit assignments and work from the 3rd quarter for the purpose of increasing their year-end grades.
    • No portion of work assigned during the 4th quarter can be used to lower a student's grade.
  • Retention: Only students on a documented plan with at least two meetings documented through MTSS on Synergy will be considered for retention. If no process has already been completed and documented, there will be no retention.

K-5 Grading and Promotion Recommendations

  • Grades:
    • Students will not be issued a 4th quarter grade.
    • The final report card will include the grades from the first three quarters with no grade entered for fourth quarter.
    • Promotion/Retention will be noted on final report card.
    • Students' efforts and completed work in fourth quarter will be noted in comments
    • By completing 4th quarter work, students have an opportunity to increase their grade.
  • Retention: Only students on a documented plan with at least two meetings documented through MTSS on Synergy will be considered for retention. If no process has already been completed and documented, there will be no retention.

Guiding Principles

Tucson Unified School District has developed our Spring 2020 graduation requirements and grading recommendations to align with the following principles:

  • Equity: Recommendations are supportive of and accessible to students of varied academic and socio-economic needs and backgrounds.
  • Transparency: Recommendations and decision-making are inclusive of a variety of stakeholder voices, most notably classroom teachers and site-level administrators, and are clearly communicated and openly facilitated.
  • Choice: Recommendations allow for student and educator choice and selection with regard to options and required activities.
  • Culturally responsive: Recommendations are inclusive of and sensitive to the diversity of ethnicity, race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, academic classification, and overall cultural and academic diversity that characterize Arizona's K-12 student body.
  • Do no harm: Recommendations, to the extent possible, hold students and families harmless, financially and academically.

Board Policies and Actions

Board Policy IKE - Promotion, Retention

Board Policy IKE
  • Teachers will use TUSD curriculum as their measuring criteria.
  • Students progress and are promoted based on state and local standards.
  • Decisions regarding students receiving exceptional education services based on IEP, state, and federal law.
  • Promotion from 3rd grade based on competencies in reading, writing, science, social studies, and math (per statute)
  • Teachers make the decision for promoting or retaining students and to pass or fail high school students (appeal to Governing Board

Board Policy IKF - Graduation Requirements

Board Policy IKF

Graduation Requirements

  • Four years of attendance
  • Student must take a full load - 6 or more courses
  • Both of the above may be waived by principal/designee
  • CPR

Credits

English - 4 credits
Math - 4 credits
Science - 3 credits
Social Studies - 3 credits
World Language - 0 credits
Fine Arts or CTE - 1 credit
Health - 0.5 credits
Phys Ed - 1 credit
Electives - 6.5 credits
Total - 23 Credits

State Board Actions, 03/31/20

State Board Actions, March 31, 2020

On March 31, 2020, the Arizona State Board of Education held a special meeting to implement measures prescribed in HB2910, signed by the Governor in response to COVID-19. Read the summary of the State Board actions (in PDF).

Those actions provide the following measures:

  • Schools retain the authority to decide whether to issue diplomas or credit to students
  • Schools may not base these decisions solely due to missed instructional time as the result of the closure
  • Schools can use evidence that a student was on track to meet competency requirements including passing grades for the entire school year and educational opportunities during closure or passing scores on locally or nationally administered assessments.
  • Statewide assessments cancelled for 2019-2020.
  • Civics Test Graduation Requirement:
    • Students are still required by statute to receive a 60% or better on the Civics Test.
    • Students may take the assessment in a form and manner determined by the district.
    • Schools should not withhold diplomas from a student that is unable to take the assessment due to barriers created by the public health emergency.

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