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On September 23, 2014, the McKinney ISD Board of Trustees approved revisions to the grading policy EIA (Local). The Board felt revisions to the policy were necessary to provide clarity and ensure consistent application across all MISD secondary campuses. The primary change in the policy is clarification that the “re-take” policy include only summative assessments. Prior to the adoption of the new policy, some teachers felt is was unclear whether the re-take policy adopted last year applied to both summative and formative grades. This new policy makes it clear, that opportunities to re-take an assessment will only apply to summative assessments, with the exception of semester exams. The semester exams will continue to remain exempt from the re-take grading policy.
The centerpiece of the new grading policy, EIA (Local), states that “…the District shall permit a student who meets the criteria detailed in the grading guidelines a reasonable opportunity to redo an assignment or retake a test for which the student received a grade lower than 80. A grade of 80 shall be the highest possible grade on a retest or redone assignment. The student may be required to attend tutoring before being allowed to retest or redo an assignment. The student shall only be allowed to redo an assignment or retake a test once.” This means that a student who scores a grade of less than 80 shall be granted an opportunity to re-do/re-take the summative assessment for a grade no higher than 80 points. At McKinney High School, students must notify the teacher of their intent to re-do/re-take the exam as early as possible, but not later than 5 days after the grade has been posted in the Home Access Center. To make the notification process simple, we have created a form that students should complete and provide to their teacher to notify them of their intent to re-do/re-take the summative assessment. Students must also attend at least one tutorial prior to the re-do/retake opportunity. Students should come to the tutorial with specific questions to assist the teacher in the tutorial process. To assist with the interpretation of the new grading policy, EIA (Local), the District has released Grading Guidelines with further explain specific aspects of the grading policy.
Please find the documents below. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact your student’s teacher or House Office.
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