No failure grades for New York students amid coronavirus

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NEW YORK CITY – No New York public school student will achieve an ‘F’ this year amid the challenges of coronaviruses.

This is because the new scoring guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year remove failure grades from books. Instead, students will receive “needs improvement” or “in progress” notes for them, according to a statement from the Education Department.

The filing policy is a response to the “flexibility” families need during the pandemic, DOE spokeswoman Danielle Filson said.

“Schools will choose a rating scale that meets the needs of their community with high expectation and the flexibility to better support New York students,” Filson said in a statement.

Schools also adjusted grading guidelines by closing in-person classes in March and turned to distance learning. The massive disruption of the education system has kept many students from keeping up.

Officials released the grading policy on Monday – the same day they revealed in-person attendance was around 280,000 students, far less than expected or suggested by school officials.

This year’s policy gives schools the option of selecting rating scales.

“The policy gives elementary and middle schools the flexibility to select their grading scales (ie 1 to 4 scale, 100 point numeric scale, AD alphabet scale), but no student will be assigned grades. ‘failure,’ a statement read. “Families will also be able to update any passing grade to a standard grade (‘meets standards’ for elementary school, ‘passed’ for college and ‘credit’ for high school) to show that they have met the standards, if they prefer for their child’s performance to be reflected on a less granular scale as they adjust to blended and distance learning.

Families will also be able to update any passing grade to a standard grade – “meets standards” for elementary school, “pass” for middle school, and “credit” for high school – to show that they meet standards on. a less accurate scale because they adjusted for blended and distance learning, one version states.

The classification policy, as stated in a press release, is as follows:

  • 3e-K and pre-K: There is no impact because these students do not receive report cards or grades.
  • Levels K-5: Schools choose their rating scales. Students will receive “Needs Improvement” (N) marks instead of failing marks. Parents / guardians can choose to update the passing scores to “meet standards” (MT).
  • Grades 6 to 8: schools choose their rating scales. Students will receive “in progress” (NX) grades in place of fail grades. Parents / guardians can choose to update the pass marks to “pass” (P). Grades of “P” will not be taken into account in student GPAs. Students are always expected to achieve learning outcomes for their courses, and teachers will provide support to their students.
  • Grades 9 to 12: Schools choose their rating scales. Students will receive “in progress” (NX) grades in place of fail grades. Parents / guardians can choose to update passing scores to “credit” (CR). “CR” grades will not be taken into account in student GPAs. Students are always expected to achieve learning outcomes for their courses, and teachers will provide support to their students. If students do not meet the learning outcomes within the time frame allotted to complete the current courses, they will receive a final grade of failure.

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