Some students to get incomplete grades

Jan. 18, 2013 @ 05:16 PM

Some high school student report cards may look a little different this winter. But parents should not be alarmed, according to school district officials.
Many ninth and 10th graders will receive a temporary grade of “incomplete” in three required courses this winter because of changes in the new Common Core State Standards. Because the common core curriculum is so new, there has been a delay in creating and validating the new final End-of-Course tests in Algebra I, English II and biology. Scores will not be available until at least the end of January, which is after report cards are sent home.
Students will receive a temporary grade of “incomplete” in those courses until the district receives the scores from the state. Teachers then will immediately calculate final grades and send out a second, updated report card.
“We know this is frustrating for our parents, students and staff,” said Beth Folger, chief academic officer. “We are doing our best to communicate accurate, timely information with our families, and will continue providing updates as soon as we have new details.”
English II scores may be delayed even longer, according to the state, because it will take more time to grade questions with written answers. Because of the delay, the school district will not have the final test scores for the next round of EOC exams until October. Until then, the state will provide the district with a score to calculate students’ final grades. That number will be calculated as 25 percent of the final grade in those courses.
Student-athletes getting incomplete grades will be allowed to participate in winter and spring athletics until their final grade-point average is calculated, as long as they meet all other eligibility requirements.

State tests

Delay: Expected for final End-of-Course tests in Algebra I, English II and Biology.

Information: Principals sent Connect-ED phone messages to all impacted families. Letters and an easy-to-understand flier will go home with report cards for students. There also is updated information about the delayed grades on the Guilford County Schools Common Core website.