• Board Policy

    Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement

    BP 5121


    Grades are an impartial, consistent reflection of the quality of the student’s work and his/her mastery of course content standards.

     The teacher of each course shall determine the student's grade. The grade assigned by the teacher shall not be changed by the Board or the Superintendent except as provided by law, Board policy and administrative regulation. (Education Code 49066)

    (cf. 5125.3 - Challenging Student Records)

    Grades shall be based primarily on the degree of student mastery of course content standards. Student mastery can be demonstrated by class work, portfolios, labs, papers, oral and written performances, projects, teacher observation, and quizzes and tests.

    Student learning is supported by daily attendance and homework completion, class participation, and academic honesty. Homework is defined in BP and AR 6154.

    The Superintendent or designee shall establish and regularly evaluate a uniform grading system. Within the first week of the term, teachers shall communicate with students and parents/guardians course standards, grading criteria, and late work policies.

    Students and parents/guardians shall receive updates that represent an accurate and timely evaluation of the students’ grades.

    When reporting student progress/grades to students and parents/guardians, teachers may add narrative descriptions, observational notes and/or samples of classroom work.

    Teachers are encouraged to provide opportunities for students, parents and tutors to review test concepts outside of school.

    (cf 6011 – Academic Standards) (cf 6020 – Parent Involvement)

    (cf 5020 – Parent Rights and Responsibilities)

    The Superintendent or designee shall recommend to the Board the methodology to be used in calculating students' grade point averages.

    The effectiveness of the board policy and administrative regulations will be reviewed annually, and site plans will be adjusted accordingly.

    Legal Reference: EDUCATION CODE

    41505-41508  Pupil Retention Block Grant

    48070  Promotion and retention

    48205  Excused absences

    49066  Grades; finalization; physical education class

    49067  Mandated regulations regarding student's achievement

    49069.5  Students in foster care, grades and credits


    10060  Criteria for reporting physical education achievement, high schools


    1232g  Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

    6101-6251  School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1994


    Owasso Independent School District v. Falvo (2002) 122 S.Ct. 934

    Las Virgenes Educators Association v. Las Virgenes Unified School District (2nd Appellate

    District 2001) 86 Cal.App.4th 1

    Swany v. San Ramon Valley Unified School District (N.D.Cal. 1989) 720 F.Supp. 764

    Johnson v. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education (App. 2 Dist. 1986)

    224 Cal. Rptr. 885, 179 C.A. 3d 593


    Management Resources: CDE PUBLICATIONS

    Elementary Makes the Grade!, 2001 Policy

    DUBLIN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Approved:  March 25, 2014                                      
    Dublin, California

    Administrative Regulation
    Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement

    AR 5121


    Students shall be given multiple attempts at mastery of course content standards. These attempts shall include multiple unit assignments and quizzes that assess student learning and may include test retakes.

    Systems shall be in place to ensure students successfully complete essential course work, so that students may avoid receiving zeros for missing course work. Each school site, using Response to Intervention models, will develop and implement a support & intervention system.

    In grade evaluation, teachers are encouraged to consider students’ later performances (for instance a final), if they reflect mastery of previous curriculum. However, teachers are discouraged from giving one “high stakes” test that substantially lowers a semester grade (such as a final worth more than 30% of the grade).

    Rubrics should be used to determine individual grades for group work.

    Extra credit and bonus points shall be standards based and/or relevant to the course of study. Student mastery can be demonstrated by class work, portfolios, labs, papers, oral and written performances, projects, teacher observation, and quizzes and tests. Factors that demonstrate student mastery should be emphasized in determining grades.

    Skills-practice homework should not impact a student’s grade by more than one (1) letter grade in either direction.

    (cf 6011 – Academic Standards)

    Curriculum, homework, and grading will be coordinated, consistent, and aligned among grade- level and course-level teams.

    The principal and staff at each site will develop, publish, and annually review a school-wide homework and grading plan. Plans will, where appropriate, be coordinated and consistent among grade levels at other schools.

    District office staff will create a school-site grading template for school sites to fill out. Plans will be reviewed annually by district-office staff.

    The plan shall reflect research-based best practices and identify guidelines for:

    a)   Consistencies within courses and departments

    b)   How much tests and other grading factors are worth per course, department, or grade level

    c)   The maximum percentage that non-academic factors can affect course grades

    d)   Course advancement prerequisites

    e)   Homework feedback and accountability

    f)    Communication with students, parents/guardians, and teachers

    (cf 6154 – Homework/Make-up Work) (cf6020 – Parent Involvement)

    Grades 6-12 will use a common 10-percentage-point scale as outlined in the default grading scale in Infinite Campus, ie:  80, 81, 82 = B-; 83, 84, 85, 86 = B; 87, 88, 89 = B+. Course grades will be rounded up at 0.50 and above.

    Teachers and administrators in grades K-5 will continue to work collaboratively to develop and adopt a revised rubric system that gives parents/guardians more information about their children's developmental levels and also promotes students' self-esteem and experiences of success.

    (cf. 5125 - Student Records).

    All Honors and Advanced Placement courses will receive GPA weighting as consistent with UC course approval.

    (cf. 6141.5 – Advanced Placement)  

    Adopted:  March 25, 2014                                        
     Dublin, California