• Sherman ISD Distance Learning Grading Policy and Guidelines

    During the final 9 weeks grading period for the 2019-2020 school year, individual teachers will report student academic progress through the current distance learning communication systems utilized by each campus including Class Dojo, Google Classroom and Seesaw. During this time, grades will not be reported through the online parent portals of the Frontline/TEAMS or Pinnacle systems. Parents will receive at least one communication about their child’s progress during this period of distance learning. Please note that the grading of individual paper assignments may take longer than usual due to guidelines for safe document handling.

    Elementary School Grading

    Teachers will assign school work through the distance learning models with the understanding that student access and support varies greatly.  At the elementary school level, students will receive assignments in the following subject areas:

    • English/Language Arts 
    • Math
    • Fine Arts and PE (Specials assignments are provided online only). 
    • Science (Fourth Grade Only)

    One assignment in English/language arts, math and science (fourth grade) will be selected to be evaluated weekly. Grades will reflect the following:

    Kindergarten through 2nd Grade:

    • Packet or online assignment completed - MS = Meets distance learning grade level standard
    • Packet or online assignment attempted - AP = Approaches distance learning grade level standard
    • No attempt to complete any assignment - N = Does not yet meet distance learning grade level standard

    3rd and 4th Grade:

    • Paper assignment or online assignment completed - 100
    • Paper assignment or online assignment attempted - 70
    • Paper assignment or online assignment not attempted – Failing Grade

    The grade earned during the 4th 9 week grading period will be combined with the grade earned during the 3rd 9 week grading period to determine the semester grade in each class. Grades for each semester will be combined to determine the year-end grade in each class.

    Attempting and completing assigned class work during this time of distance learning is of the highest importance and can only increase a student’s semester and year-end average. Failure to attempt or complete assigned work during this time of distance learning will have a negative impact on a student’s semester and year-end average.

    Intermediate and Middle School Grading

    Teachers will assign school work through the distance learning models with the understanding that student access and support varies greatly. At the intermediate and middle school level, students will receive assignments in the core and elective courses in their class schedule.  One assignment will be selected to be evaluated weekly in each class. Grades will reflect the following:

    5th through 8th Grade:

    • Packet or online assignment completed - 100
    • Packet or online assignment attempted - 70
    • Packet or online assignment not attempted – Failing Grade

    The grade earned during the 4th 9 week grading period will be combined with the grade earned during the 3rd 9 week grading period to determine the semester grade in each class. Grades for each semester will be combined to determine the year-end grade in each class.

    Attempting and completing assigned class work during this time of distance learning is of the highest importance and can only increase a student’s semester and year-end average. Failure to attempt or complete assigned work during this time of distance learning will have a negative impact on a student’s semester and year-end average.

    *High school courses taught at middle school will follow the high school grading guidelines during this pandemic.  

    High School Grading

    Up to two assignments will be selected to be graded weekly. Grades will reflect the following:

    • Subject packet or online assignment completed - Grade will reflect mastery of content up to 100
    • Subject packet or online assignment attempted – Grade will reflect mastery of content up to 70
    • Little to no attempt to complete any assignment – Failing Grade

    Attempting and completing assigned class work during this time of distance learning is of the highest importance and can only increase a student’s semester and year-end average. Semester averages for students who attempt and complete their assigned work will be determined by averaging the 3rd nine-week grade and the higher of the 3rd or 4th nine-week grades.

    Failure to attempt or complete assigned work during this time of distance learning will have a negative impact on a student’s semester and year-end average.

    There will not be final exams this semester.

    Class Rank and Grades

    SISD will determine class rank for high school students graduating in the spring of 2020:

    Class rank and the awarding of graduation honors including valedictorian and salutatorian for the Sherman High School graduating class of 2020 shall be determined by the calculated grades earned and recorded at the end of the 3rd nine-week grading period of the 2019-2020 school year.

    Alternative Placement Students

    Students attending an SISD alternative program (Perrin Learning Center, JDC Bootcamp, DAEP) will continue to complete schoolwork through the Edgenuity (E20/20) online platform.  This system will continue to grade student work and allow progress through successful completion of coursework.