• Questions and Answers
     
    What is the purpose of the new grading system?
     
    The main purpose of the new grading system is that students are responsible for their own learning, and they will continue to relearn content until they have mastered it.

    How does the new grading system work?
     
    The new system requires a nine-week grading period to allow teachers more time for feedback and accurate assessments. This will:
    • Hold the students accountable for learning the curriculum tied to standards
    • Provide “value learning” over earning numerical points and not allow students to “take a grade” when learning has not occurred
    • Recognize that feedback is a valuable tool to increase learning
    • Understand that errors are part of the learning process
    • Allow students to take personal ownership of their own learning
    How was the grading system initiated?
     
    For the past two years, Denton ISD’s Academic Leadership Team has researched grading practices that fall in line with the district’s goals. The team gathered input from international educational experts, local administrators, as well as district teachers and parents.
     
    The end result was a grading system developed by the ALT that ensures parents and students can understand if students are learning and master the content, while not penalizing the students for behavioral issues.

    How does this grading system help students?
     
    The new system gives students more access to teachers and allow the teachers to provide them with more feedback, helping them acquire a better understanding of what content they have mastered and what content they need to put more work toward mastering. During this process, teachers and staff will work with students to develop behaviors that the community values and will help them be successful in life.

    Why is there no longer a grade reduction for late work?
     
    The system’s goal is to measure what a student knows and understands. While meeting deadlines and turning in assignments on time is a desirable behavior, it does not determine whether or not a student knows the content.

    Why are students allowed to retake tests/exams and get full value on these reassessments?
     
    A student’s grade should reflect his/her mastery of the content. Allowing students to retake an exam or test, lets students reflect on what they have learned and demonstrate their increase in knowledge of the content covered.

    All end-of-semester exams are final and will not fall under the same standards as course work issued during the 9-week grading periods. Semester exams are, by design, reassessments and the grades earned reflect a cumulative mastery of the content standards.

    Are students able to retake any exam or test whenever they want?
     
    No, any tests or exams that students try to retake must be completed during the nine-week grading period. Additionally, retests will only be allowed once the student has worked with the teacher to prove that new learning has taken place and that they have a better understanding of that content.

    How does a student earn the opportunity to retake an exam or test?
     
    Students can qualify for the opportunity to retake a test or exam by demonstrating that new learning has occurred and that they have a better understanding of that content. Examples of this process include but are not limited to:
    • Attending tutorial sessions
    • Completing new work or previously assigned work
    • Discussing with the teacher the necessary improvements to achieve content mastery
    Why are zeroes no longer being used to indicate missing/incomplete work?
     
    Zeroes indicate that no content mastery has been achieved. Using zeroes for missing or incomplete work gives an inaccurate reflection of a student’s knowledge or improvement toward mastery of content.
     
    Why are you hurting Juniors and Seniors with this. It is not fair for kids that have tried so hard on their GPA and just now making this change on their last 2 years of High School.
     
    The district administrators met with the high school principals early this week to discuss concerns with the new grading policy. Your point of Juniors and Seniors was brought up by others as well. We are working to make the transition as easy as possible and will have some solutions soon. 


    Will you allow extra credit for the second semester? Extra credit does give us bonus points on our grade, but we are learning more because we are striving to do extra assignments that expand and improve our knowledge. If you change this system next year to something easier that benefits all what are you going to do to improve juniors grades this year? This year counts for many of my peers for our transcripts to submit to colleges.
     
    Standards Referenced Grading only involves grades for knowledge you demonstrate. District administrators met with the high school principals early this week to discuss concerns with the new grading policy. Your concern of Juniors and Seniors grades was brought up as one of the concerns being looked at as well. We are working to make the transition as easy as possible. 
     
    Will report card grades be submitted to UIL for eligibiIity?   There is a discrepancy between the 6 weeks reporting and Guyer's 9 week report card. 

    We cannot change when the UIL requires schools to conduct grade checks. Since this is the first time we are grading on 9 weeks, some students are confused, however, I assure you their Head Coaches and Directors are know when UIL checks are. I fiind it easier to view the side by side for District reporting and UIL reporting. Schools do not submit report cards to the UIL. I hope this has been some clarification and address below will be of some help to you also.https://www.uiltexas.org/policy/eligibility/first-six-weeks-eligibility-schedule

    Are there deadlines for reassessment? 

    The Guyer grading policy says all student have at least 5 days, however, the District is considering extending this time period. 

     Since "late work" is considered a behavior issue now and will not affect the grade- is there a time limit for "late work" to be accepted? Also, will there be behavior consequences- such as detentions and referrals for excessive late work?
     

    The assistant principal would determine the consequences for failure to turn in assigned work after the teacher refers the issue. Yes, detentions, Saturday School, and other consequences may be assigned on an individual evaluation by the assistant principal after a teacher referral.

     
    I am a little confused about the retesting. In the Questions & Answers, it specifically states "any tests or exams that students try to retake must be completed during the 9-week grading period". But then I also see there is a 10 school day policy which would be irrelevant as long as they get it done within the 9-week grading period. Is that not correct?
     

    In order to complete grade calculations for the 9wk grading period, teachers would always prefer to get re-evaluations completed in time to put on the report card. However, in the event that the re assessment falls within the last few days of the 9wk grading period the students time of 10 days may extend beyond the end of the grading period. It is also important to note that a teacher may go back to the previous grading period and award a grade the student has shown mastery on after the grading period ended.