State releases grading, graduation guidelines

State releases grading, graduation guidelines
Posted on 04/01/2020

From The State newspaper, April 1:

As K-12 schools across the state enter their second month of closures, South Carolina’s Department of Education on Tuesday released guidelines on how school districts should handle grades and graduation requirements. 

Instead of reporting grades separately for the third and fourth quarter of the school year, K-12 students across the state will receive one grade for the entire spring semester, according to a department release. 

That semester-long grade “should be composed of all third quarter grades, as well as those grades deemed appropriate by the district to assure competency or provide remediation,” the release read. 

 “The work that (students) have been asked to do (during school closures) will be graded,” state superintendent Molly Spearman said in a Tuesday press conference. 

All school districts will report a numerical grade - rather than a “pass/fail” grade - for the semester to “maintain equity” for scholarship considerations, according to the release. 

All grades for high school seniors must still be entered in Powerschool by May 22. 

Spearman said Tuesday that she was “very sorry” seniors class members would miss out on “lifetime events” due to school closures, but that they would come out “stronger than ever” in the wake of the coronavirus closures. 

Starting Wednesday, students can apply to take VirtualSC credit recovery courses that will begin April 6, Spearman said. Priority will be given to high school seniors who need additional credits to graduate. 

Previously, Spearman announced that schools would be closed through the end of April, and that federal and state testing requirements for the spring would be waived. 

Students won’t be required to take the SCREADY, SCPASS, End-of-Course exams for biology, algebra, English and U.S. history or pre-kindergarten exams, among others. 

Seat time requirements for K-12 students have also been waived, alleviating concerns about make-up days across the state. 

Spearman also announced Tuesday that schools across the state have distributed more than 1.2 million free meals to students during the coronavirus closures.

 

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