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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Policy 2420 - MEASURING STUDENT PROGRESS

The Highline School Board believes that the cooperation of school and home is a vital ingredient in the growth and education of the student and recognizes the responsibility to keep families and students informed of student learning and progress in school.

The issuance of grades and written or electronic progress reports and the opportunity for regular conferences with families and students (when appropriate) serves as the basis for continuous evaluation of the student's strengths and needs and determines changes that should be made to affect improvement. These reports shall be designed to provide information that will be helpful to the student, teacher, counselor and family.

The district will comply with the marking/grading system used by the statewide standardized high school transcript. Secondary students’ grades will be reported for each individual term and cumulatively. Highline uses a standard 5-point grading scale at the high school level. Based on the grading system outlined in the course syllabus, students will receive one of the following grades upon completion of a course: A, B, C, P, or NC (no credit).  It is expected that the P grade will be used in advisory and in other limited circumstances.  

Students who receive an NC should have a credit recovery plan that is developed between the teacher and student.  A student who fails to complete the recovery plan within the designated time shall have the NC permanently on their transcript.

The Superintendent or designee may allow an entire school to implement standards-based reporting upon request by the school. In order for this request to be granted a school must: show evidence that all staff are ready to implement a schoolwide new grading system; develop a comprehensive communication plan for families and students; ensure a consistent approach to grading aligned with district parameters; and agree to be evaluated at the end of each grading period on the effectiveness of the new model.

The Board directs the Superintendent to establish a system of reporting student progress and staff members shall comply with such a system as part of their teaching responsibility. The Counseling Manual will outline the various reporting requirements, as well as other details of the grading process.

At the beginning of each term each teacher will specify in writing the student learning goals or standards for their course(s). If participation is used as the basis of mastery of an objective, a student's grades may be adversely affected by an absence, provided on that day there was a graded participation activity. If the teacher does not so advise students in writing, the teacher may not use attendance and participation in the grading process. Individual students who feel that an unjust application of attendance or tardiness factors has been made, may follow the appeal process for resolving the differences.

A student’s diploma may be withheld until such time the student pays for any school property that has been lost or willfully damaged, or provides the equivalent of payment through voluntary work. Upon payment or voluntary work, the diploma will be released. The student or his/her family may appeal the imposition of a charge for damages to the Superintendent and Board of Directors.

District Cross References:
Excused and Unexcused Absences - Policy 3122
Student Fines, Fees and Charges - Policy 3520

WSSDA Cross References:
Grading and Progress Reports – Policy 2420

Legal Reference:
Basic Education Act- Certificated teaching & administrative staff as accountable for classroom teaching- Scope- Responsibilities- Penalty - RCW 28A.150.240(2)(g)
Grading policies — Option to consider Attendance - RCW 28A.600.030
Defacing or injuring school property — Liability of pupil, parent, or guardian Withholding grades, diploma, or transcripts —Suspension and restitution —Voluntary work program as alternative — Rights protected - RCW 28A.635.060
Responsibilities Related to instruction - WAC 180-44-010
Student testing and evaluation —Washington State Honors Award Program - WAC 392-210
Discipline — Conditions and limitations - WAC 392-400-235
Secondary Education —Standardized High School Transcript - WAC 392-415

Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Board: August 1984
Revised by the Board: 6.15; 5.18; 6.20; 8.21
Classification: Priority