Grading Info for Digital Dawgs

  • April 2, 2020

    Dear Royse City ISD Families,

    Thank you for your continued support as we implement Digital Dawgs.  One of the biggest questions that campus and district leaders have worked through over the last couple of weeks is how we will record grades during this time of online learning.  With the 4th nine week grading period beginning on Monday, March 23rd, we understand that grading is a concern for students and parents. Our goal is for students to progress in their learning and be supported, as together we navigate this unprecedented and unusual situation.

    To balance expectations for teachers and families, students will receive 1-2 assignments per course each week that will count toward 4th nine weeks grades.  These will all be formative grades, with all graded assignments equally weighted within the gradebook. Knowing that students and families are navigating very different schedules, RCISD teachers will accept late work throughout the 4th nine week period. 

    Royse City ISD will also issue progress reports at the 3rd and 6th week mark.  The reason for this is to help you stay informed about your students’ progress, ensuring that students have opportunities to submit missing assignments without penalty.  We recognize that families have many concerns during this time and, while we want to continue instruction and help students move forward academically, we also know that occasionally circumstances may arise that may take your focus elsewhere.

    For the parents of seniors, GPAs were determined at the end of the 3rd nine weeks per Board Policy.  However, students in grades 9-11 (and those who take High School courses at the Middle School) will have the opportunity to raise their semester course average and GPA with their 4th nine week grades.

    Please continue to communicate with your teachers, principals, and counselors if there is anything that RCISD can do to support your family during this time.  We appreciate the opportunity to serve your students and families during these challenging times and look forward to the time when we can again be together inside our school buildings.

    Julia Robinson
    Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction 
    Royse City ISD



  • Is Royse City ISD considering a Pass/Fail option for grades?

    District leaders thoroughly considered all options. Recording numerical grades for students was determined to be best for our students because:

    • Pass/Fail does not provide all students with the opportunity to raise their overall semester average/GPA by being engaged in their learning this 4th nine-week grading period.

    • The NCAA Clearinghouse treats a grade of “Pass” as the lowest possible passing grade. This could place Royse City ISD students who are interested in collegiate athletics at a disadvantage compared to students coming from districts that recorded numerical grades.

    • Having numerical grades for each semester allows high school students in year-long courses to earn full credit if the average of the two semesters is 70 or higher. This averaging, which helps students, could not occur if students received “Pass” or “Fail” for the 4th nine-weeks.

    Where can I find grades for the 3rd nine-week grading period and progress reports?

    Report cards for the 3rd nine-week grading period are visible in Family Access for students in grades K-12. The first progress note will be visible in Family Access on Thursday, April 9th.

    Will students complete STAAR and End-of-Course (EOC) tests?

    Grades 3-8 STAAR and EOCs will not be given this spring or summer. Normally, passing an EOC test is a graduation requirement. However this school year only, students currently enrolled in EOC-tested courses for the first time (English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, and U.S. History) will never have to complete their corresponding EOC test, provided they earn course credit during the 2019-2020 school year. This provision is not applicable to students who are repeating a course or retesting from a prior year. 

    If your student is a senior and has not passed all EOCs and/or earned credits for graduation, your campus counselor will be contacting you regarding the Individual Graduation Committee process. 

    What will the grading practices be in Dual Credit  courses?

    Grading for students enrolled in Dual Credit courses will be governed by Paris Junior College and Texas A&M University-Commerce decisions. Information will be shared when college decisions are released to the district.

    Elementary/Intermediate School Classes

    Elementary teachers will focus instruction on high priority standards that prepare students for the next grade level. Teachers will provide feedback on students’ learning and record grades in Qmlativ. Students will not take STAAR tests this spring.

    Grades K-2: Teachers will monitor completion of assignments and note progress in selected competencies on the standards-based report card. 

    Grades 3-6: Teachers will monitor completion of assignments and record numerical grades in Qmlativ. The yearly average will be based on the average of all four nine-week grading periods.