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Humble ISD Adjusts High School Grading Procedures For Fall Semes

Humble ISD Adjusts High School Grading Procedures For Fall Semes

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~ 3 mos, 1 day ago   Dec 07 2020, 1:26pm 
Humble ISD Adjusts High School Grading Procedures For Fall Semester
 
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High School courses will have summative tests, not finals, due to COVID adjustments
 
Humble ISD is adjusting its high school grading procedures for the fall 2020 semester due to the impact of COVID-19 and students’ varying circumstances and learning environments.
 
Instead of taking final exams that count as 20 percent of the semester average in each course, students in high school courses will take summative tests during the week of December 14-18, 2020, that allow students an opportunity to improve their grade in each course. The summative grade that students earn will replace the student’s lowest summative grade in the second nine weeks.
 
“We believe that teachers, students, and families will benefit from these procedures because students’ grades can only improve in this situation. It provides flexibility for students and families who have made many adjustments due to COVID-19. Students will not have to take a high-stakes final exam with a major impact on their semester grade,” Trey Kraemer, Assistant Superintendent for High Schools, said. “Students will have the opportunity to improve their second nine-weeks’ average. The score on this test will replace the lowest summative grade the student earned during the second nine-weeks grading period”.
 
The semester grade will be the average of the first nine-weeks grade and the second nine-weeks grade. Semester grades are recorded on the report card and transcript and used to determine class rank.
 
Teachers will have flexibility in the type of assessment they offer. High schools will adjust their bell schedule during the last week of the semester for the summative tests. High schools will have early release on Thursday, December 17, and Friday, December 18, as shown on the 2020-2021 calendar.
 
Exam exemptions will not be a factor this semester because there will not be semester exams. If a student does not take the last summative and receives a 0, the 0 can be dropped as the lowest summative grade.
 
The grading procedures only affect Humble ISD high school credit courses. Students enrolled in college credit courses will adhere to the grading procedures of Lone Star College or the University of Texas OnRamps.
 
“For now, we plan to have spring semester exams, and we will reevaluate as needed throughout the spring semester,” Mr. Kraemer said.
 
As always, please reach out to your child’s teacher or counselor if you have questions about your child’s academic progress.
 
Example of Grading Procedure Change:
 
2019 Fall Semester Grading Procedure
First Nine Weeks Grade: 86; Second Nine Weeks Grade: 94
Nine Weeks Average: 86 + 94 = 180/2 = 90, Final Exam: 80
 
Semester Grade is 80 percent of the Nine Weeks’ Average plus 20 percent of Final Exam
80 percent of Nine Weeks Average Grade: 90 X .80 = 72
20 percent of Final Exam: 80 X .20 = 16
Semester Grade: 72 + 16 = 88
 
2020 Fall Semester Grading Procedure (No Final Exam)
First Nine Weeks Grade: 86, Second Nine Weeks Grade: 94*
Nine Weeks Average: 86 + 94 = 180/2 = 90
Semester Grade: 90
*Lowest summative grade in the second nine weeks will be dropped from the nine-week average.
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sweetie Active Indicator LED Icon Forum Moderator
~ 3 mos, 1 day ago   Dec 07 2020, 1:37pm 
Too much math for me . I'd like to hear parents views
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Fluffycakes Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 3 mos, 1 day ago   Dec 07 2020, 1:46pm 
@sweetie : I'm cool with it taking the place of lowest grade. I'm at the point where my kids just need to find a trade & learn it bc all this bs is bs.
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sweetie Active Indicator LED Icon Forum Moderator
~ 3 mos, 1 day ago   Dec 07 2020, 1:53pm 
sweetie : I'm cool with it taking the place of lowest grade. I'm at the point where my kids just need to find a trade & learn it bc all this bs is bs.
 
@Fluffycakes : It is. I heard that some of the senior kids their parents allow them to drop out this semester and take their GED and go ahead and start taking college courses. The parents believe that fighting this grading an online and virtual was just not worth the time for their students
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carol888 Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 3 mos, 1 day ago   Dec 07 2020, 1:55pm 
So dumb down the classes, what is the good in that????
Oh so that kids aren't flunking???
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Ekim1966 Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 3 mos, 1 day ago   Dec 07 2020, 1:55pm 
Both of my daughters (high school) like this - they don't have to take any finals
 
As a parent I am okay with it.
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Stealth83 Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 3 mos, 1 day ago   Dec 07 2020, 2:59pm 
So admitting they failed the students.
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AuthorMan Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 3 mos, 1 day ago   Dec 07 2020, 5:33pm 
So admitting they failed the students.
 
@Stealth83 :
 
BINGO!!!
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Steven H Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 3 mos, 1 day ago   Dec 07 2020, 7:15pm 
Pitiful, poor quality of education and bad planning all around. We are not getting our moneysworth before and even more so now. Finals are essential to the evaluation of learned content, period.
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UptownGirl Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 3 mos, 0 days ago   Dec 08 2020, 7:45am 
Texas keeps dumbing down education at every level. Pretty soon a Greeter at Walmart will be classified as a skilled labor for our students. Good Luck students.
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OrangBesar Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 2 mos, 30 days ago   Dec 08 2020, 11:10pm 
FYI We're still giving comprehensive final exams at Lone Star College (at least I am).
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luannski Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 2 mos, 29 days ago   Dec 09 2020, 8:20am 
The school where my sister lives just shut down until 1/11/21.
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