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RCPS Grading Protocol

The 0-100 grading scale that will be in effect beginning January 20, 2023 is as follows:  

90-100 = A,   80-89 = B,   70-79 = C,   60-69 = D,    0-59 = F          

The grade expectations will remain in place and are broken into 4 categories:  School Assignment Expectations, Grading Expectations, Grade Recovery, Grade Flexibility, and Grade Communication.  

School Assignment Expectations:

Grading Expectations:

Grade Recovery:

Grade Flexibility:

Grade Communication:

Appropriate communication between the school and home is critical in helping students find academic success.  While there are many things the school can relay to parents, regular and consistent communication of grades is important for students, teachers and families. In regard to teacher-student, parent-student, and teacher-parent communication through PowerSchool, RCPS’s online gradebook system, we know that it is most beneficial when teachers, students, and parents/guardians are updating and checking PowerSchool regularly (at least once a week).

PowerSchool houses the academic profile of students and families can access their child’s academic school record through this media.  Grades should be updated each week so that students and parents have time to review and if needed, conference with the teacher.  Teachers can be expected to have at least one grade per week during a quarterly grading period, and likewise should be able to enter those grades in a timely manner.  Approaching the halfway point during the nine weeks grading period, teachers can be expected to reach out to parents regarding student progress, if needed, and always for students who are in jeopardy of receiving a D or an F for the quarter.  RCPS encourages families to reach out to teachers to discuss any grades that fall between 0 and 69.  If a student is receiving number grades in this range consistently, a conference with all stakeholders should be held to identify the weakness or barrier that is keeping a student from mastering learning concepts and skills.  

The following are examples of how student progress may be communicated to students and families in PowerSchool:

*If the deadline has passed for an assignment and a student has not yet turned that assignment in, that assignment is considered missing and will result in 0.  Teachers will indicate missing assignments by entering the grade for the assignment as a 0 and indicate that assignment as “Missing” using the orange icon in PowerSchool.    

Parents are encouraged to be on the lookout for this symbol in PowerSchool.  Working together, teachers and parents can support students by addressing the missing assignment and the grade due to the lack of completion.  If the student and teacher can work on a “2nd Chance” assignment, the score of 0 will be changed based on the quality of the work completed and adherence to the revised deadline.

*Teachers can also utilize the green “Absent” indicator for students who were not present in class when work was assigned.  Teachers may also enter a 0 for that grade until the student has discussed the assignment with the teacher, and subsequently turned that assignment in for grading.  

Parents are encouraged to be on the lookout for this symbol in PowerSchool.  Working together, teachers and parents can support students by addressing the “make up” assignment and setting up a new deadline.  The score of 0 will be changed based on the quality of the work completed and adherence to the revised deadline.

*Teachers may utilize the blue “Incomplete” indicator in PowerSchool to acknowledge an assignment that has been turned in, graded, but yet the assignment leaves room for improvement in regard to the student showcasing their understanding of the material.

Parents are encouraged to be on the lookout for this symbol in PowerSchool.  Working together, teachers and parents can support students by addressing needed improvements and setting up a new deadline.  The score of 0 will be changed based on the quality of the work completed and adherence to the revised deadline.

*Teachers can also utilize the red “Late” icon to indicate that a “2nd Chance” assignment was received after the date agreed upon during a Grade Recovery conference.

Parents are encouraged to be on the lookout for this symbol in PowerSchool.  Together, teachers and parents can support students by following through with the “2nd Chance” process.  

In addition to the use of appropriate PowerSchool icons and grades, teachers are encouraged to leave notes on each assignment that is not on par with that student’s ability, but always when a student receives a failing grade.  Noting pertinent information in the notes section for each assignment is a convenient way for teachers to communicate with families regarding a score of 0 due to missing work, late work, work lacking in quality and 2nd Chance scenarios.