2020 Quarter 4 Grading

2020 Quarter 4 Grading
Q4 Grading

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians,

The ORCSD is giving students choice with their Quarter 4 grades.  The range of options is an effort to help students during this transition to remote learning.  The goal of this email is to offer some clarity around Quarter 4 grades.  Please read through the email fully and if you have remaining questions regarding the system contact a member of the ORHS Administrative Team.  If you have questions about a specific class contact the appropriate teacher.  Please do not email requests for grades.  Any emails sent will not suffice as a request.  See below for details about the request process.

Quarter 4 Default Pass/Fail:

All students who do not specifically request a grade through the form (that will be sent later this week) will earn a Pass/Fail for Q4.

With a P/F Q4:

Student passes Q4

  • Final grade will be an average of the previous quarters (Q3 for semester classes and Q1,2 &3 for yearlong classes) and averaged into the student GPA. 
  • Student will earn the credit toward graduation.
  • The P will not have a value and will not impact the final grade for the course.

 

Student fails Q4 in the default system

  • Student will need to recover the competencies/standards during the summer months to earn credit. 
  • Once recovery completed student will raise their grade to a P and the above information applies.
  • If recovery is not completed the final grade of an F will not have value and will not impact the student’s GPA but will appear on the transcript.  See below for notes about colleges and universities.

Notes about Q4 P/F:

This model encourages student learning regardless of “time”.  Students who fail Q4 under the default P/F model will be given more time to master the course competencies/standards to gain credit for the course.  Summer programming will be offered and tailored to each student’s needs.  If students do not complete their recovery program, they will earn the F for Q4 (see below).  

See below for examples.

Quarter 4 Requesting a Numeric Grade:

Students who would like to earn a numeric/letter grade for Q4 can do so.  A form will be sent to students in their ORCSD email later in the week.  This form will be active until the deadline on May 29th.  Once a request is received an email will be generated to verify this request.

DO NOT email counselors, teachers, or administration with requests.  All students and parents/guardians must use the form for requests.  *Due to the large number of individual courses it is important for students and parents/guardians to take their time with this decision as requests are final.  Once grades are posted we will not be able to make adjustments.

Numeric grade Request Q4:

  • With the request for the Q4 grade the final course average will be the average for all quarters that grades were earned. 
  • Students who do not pass their courses may be eligible for credit recovery through summer studies. 

*Students who have failed a course in Q3 could pass their course by earning a numeric grade Q4 that is high enough to pull the final grade up.

See below for examples.

What does all this mean in practice and how does my decision impact my student records?

Semester course.

Course

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Final Grade (averaged into GPA)

 

Semester 2 Course

 

 

80

P

80

 

Semester 2 Course

 

 

58

82 (student elected for a grade)

70

 

Semester 2 Course

 

 

80

F (changed to a P once recovery is completed)

F (until recovery completed – no credit earned, appears as an F on the transcript without a GPA impact)

80 (when recovery completed – credit earned & averaged into GPA)

Semester 2 Course

 

 

55

P

55 (no credit earned & averaged into the GPA)

 

Semester 2 Course

 

 

86

60 (Student elected for a grade)

73

 

Yearlong course.

Course

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Final Grade

 

Yearlong Course

80

70

70

P

73

 

Yearlong Course

80

70

70

90 (student elected for a grade)

77

 

Yearlong Course

80

70

70

F (changed to a P once recovery is completed)

F (no credit earned, appears as an F on the transcript without a GPA impact)

73 (when recovery completed – credit earned & averaged into GPA)

Yearlong Course

80

70

70

60 (student elected for a grade)

70

 

Yearlong Course

76

65

60

62 (student elected for a grade)

65

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION to Consider:

If a student fails a graduation requirement, they will need to recover the class or retake the class.

Athletic eligibility can be impacted by grades.  For more information please see the Athletic pages on the ORHS Website or contact Mr. Lathrop.   

Colleges and universities will be aware of this system as it will be noted on our School Profile which is sent with all transcripts. 

It is also important that while the F (in the P/F system) may not impact your GPA (that is generated by ORHS) it will be on the student transcript and Colleges and Universities often recalculate GPA’s according to their own formulas. We do not know if Colleges and Universities intend on including the Q4 grade or average it differently into the recalculated GPA.  These are decisions which are made by individual College and University Office of Admissions. If you are looking for guidance around this, please reach out to a specific College or University as we do not have information about specific formulas or their decisions during this time.  

The purpose of this letter is to offer clarification around the choices that are before you.  We want to ensure that you have all the information you need to make the best decision for you or your student.  Our goal is to ensure that our transition to remote learning does not disadvantage students and honors learning.   

Regards,

Suzanne M. Filippone
ORHS Principal