• LCPS Description of Grades, Credits and Grade Point Average (GPA) 

    Due to 2019-2020 School Closure

    Updated June 4, 2020


    Families should contact their students’ School Counselor with questions
    about grades, credits and GPA. 

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    Grading timeline for all MS and HS students
    GRADING FAQ
    Grading FAQ Added 4/24/20 #33-#39
    LCPS Final Grade Calculator for 2019-20 SY (English) (Spanish)
    Video Instructions for the Permission Click Form to Request a Pass/P for Final Grade
    COVID Grading Guide

     

     

    Grade/GPA type

    Details for Schools and Families

    Elementary
    Secondary

    Marking Period (MP) 3

    Students will receive a grade just as they did in MP1 and MP2.
    Secondary students may submit MP3 makeup work through April 24.

    Marking Period 4 - Elementary

    Elementary students will not receive an MP4 grade.

    Marking Period 4 - Secondary

    Secondary students will receive a grade of P (pass) or N (not pass), for each course, including AP, DE, Honors, AET, and AOS courses, which will show on the Report Card. Directions for teachers to post these marks will be provided.

    Final Grade - Kindergarten

    Kindergarten teachers are asked to provide MP3 grades for all Topic Statements that were assessed during the third quarter. Teachers will use the Comments for MP3 to communicate the skills that were still presenting a challenge for a student but, due to the abbreviated quarter, were not assessed. 

    At the end of MP4, Kindergarten teachers will enter or overwrite in their Phoenix grade book a “Year Grade” for each content area:  Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Science, Science, Health, Art, Music, and PE.

    Final Grade - Grades 1-5

    Elementary students will receive final grades based on the average of MP1, MP2, and MP3 grades.  These will be calculated by the Enterprise Support and Analytics team and loaded to GB for teachers to review.  

    Teachers may adjust a student’s final grade based on MP4 work done by a student if the student shows improvement or progress compared to that student's previous work. In other words, student improvement during MP4 can lead to an improved final grade. A student’s final grade cannot be lowered based on MP4 work.

    Final Grade - Secondary

    Secondary students will receive the most favorable final grade based on the following grading calculations. These calculations will be done by the Enterprise Support and Analytics team.  The grade most beneficial to the student will be selected by default

    1.    Average MP1, MP2, and MP3 grades
               a.   (Numeric MP1 + MP2 + MP3) / 3 = Final Grade
               b.   This weights MP1, MP2, and MP3 equally
    2.    Average S1 and MP3 grades
               a.   (Numeric S1 + MP3) / 2 = Final Grade
               b.   This weights MP3 the same as S1
    3.   Semester 1 grade only
               a.   Alpha S1 = Final Grade
               b.   Note: this does not use any work associated with MP3
    4.   Semester 2 only classes (this is the only option for S2 only classes)
               a.   Alpha MP3 = Final Grade

    Once the most beneficial default grade is selected, teachers may adjust a student’s final grade based on MP4 work done by a student if the student shows improvement or progress compared to that student's previous work. In other words, student improvement during MP4 can lead to an improved final grade. A student’s final grade cannot be lowered based on MP4 work.  

    Teachers and school administrators will be able to review and provide reports to families as requested to be as transparent as possible. 

    If families would like to change their student’s calculated Final Grade to a P or F (pass or fail), they can do so using a Permission Click form. Grades of D- and above can be converted to a P. Grades below D- will result in a F.  Final Grades (letter or P for Pass) will show on the transcript.

    Final Grade - Secondary Scenarios

    Example student 1:
    MP1: 87 (B+)      MP2: 91 (A-)      S1: 89 (B+)     MP3: 99 (A+)
    FG Option 1: 92 A-
    FG Option 2: 94 A
    FG Option 3: 89 B+

    Example student 2:
    MP1: 72 (C-)      MP2: 80 (B-)      S1: 76 (C)      MP3: 74 (C)
    FG Option 1: 75 C
    FG Option 2: 75 C
    FG Option 3: 76 C

    GPA Scenarios

    The Final Grade for a course is used to calculate GPA.  All GPA bumps (Honors, DE, AP, AET, AOS) remain in effect.  If a family elects to convert the FG to a Pass/Fail, this has an impact on GPA.

    Example student with Final Grades from the 19-20 school year. Her GPA at the beginning of the school year was 3.36

    Example student with Final Grades from the 19-20 school year

     

    Scenario

    Quality Points

    Credits Attmp

    GPA

    Original GPA

    81.90

    27

    3.03

    Convert C- in Algebra II to a P

    80.20

    26

    3.08

    Also convert D- in English 12 to P

    79.50

    25

    3.18

    How does a grade of X, G, P, N, I, or F affect GPA?

    GPA is a calculation of Quality Points/Credits Attempted

    Grade

    Definition

    GPA impact

    X

    Grade of “X” means Exempt.

    No Credit Awarded, No Quality Points, not used for GPA.

    G

    Grade of “G” means Not Graded.

    No Credit Awarded, No Quality Points, not used for GPA.

    P

    Grade of “P” means “Passed”

    Credit IS awarded however it is not weighted and the class is not used for GPA Calculations.

    N

    Grade of “N” means “Not Passed”

    This is different than a grade of “F” because it is not counted towards GPA. Credit is not awarded, and the class is not used for GPA Calculations.

    I

    Grade of “I” means “Incomplete”.

    No Credit Awarded, No Quality Points, not used for GPA.

    F

    Grade of “F” means numeric grade <60

    No Credit Awarded, Zero Quality Points, used for GPA.

     

     

     

    Grading Timeline For All MS and HS Students

     

    Grading timeline for all MS and HS students

    June 10th last day

    Last Day for Seniors

    Thursday, June 4th

    Upload the most favorable Final Grade in teacher GB. Viewable in ParentVUE/StudentVUE

    Sunday, June 7th by 5 pm

    Teachers add Final Grade if adjusted further based on MP4 progress

    Monday, June 8th - Wednesday, June 10th

    Families submit request for “Pass” via Permission Click posted on school websites and in school-level communication

    9 am Friday, June 12th - 8 pm Monday, June 15th

    School counselors complete SIS Final Grade updates to “P”.  

    By Friday, June 19th

    Post Final Report Cards to PVUE/SVUE

    Saturday, June 20th by 4 pm

    Senior Diploma Distribution will be determined by each school

     



      

    GRADING FAQ

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    QUESTION

    RESPONSE

    1.

    What if I am having trouble with learning through Google Classroom and Edmentum?

    Please contact your teacher or school counselor for assistance.

    2.

    Can students make up work, including reassessments, for work completed prior to March 11, 2020?

    Yes.  Teachers will accept missed makeup work and reassessments from Quarter 3. Students have until April 24 to turn in makeup work and reassessments for work assigned and due prior to March 11.  

    3.

    What if I gave my classes a test on March 11 (B Day) but did not have a chance to give my A Day classes the test on March 12.  What should I do? Not include the test in the gradebook for any student? Or do I have to find a way to make up tests for all of the A Day classes?

    The quiz can be administered and if the resulting grade positively impacts the grade it can be entered in MP3.  If the assignment grade doesn’t positively impact the grade, assign an X. Students have until 4/24 for retakes.

    4.

    Can teachers require Research project work be completed by 4/24?

    Yes, but no grade can be assigned if the project due date was after March 11, 2020. Feedback can be provided.

    For all courses, teachers may adjust a student’s final grade based on MP4 work done by a student if the student shows improvement or progress compared to that student's previous work. In other words, student improvement during MP4 can lead to an improved final grade. A student’s final grade cannot be lowered based on MP4 work.

    5.

    How will grades be calculated?

    Teachers will not need to calculate final grades for a full year course based on MP1,MP2, and MP3.  The most advantageous calculation will be shared with the teacher, student, and parents.

    Second semester course final grades will be based on MP3.

    For all courses, teachers may adjust a student’s final grade based on MP4 work done by a student if the student shows improvement or progress compared to that student's previous work. In other words, student improvement during MP4 can lead to an improved final grade. A student’s final grade cannot be lowered based on MP4 work.

    6.

    Will fourth quarter grades be included in the high school final grade for a Dual Enrollment (DE) course or just used for the college grade?

    LCPS will not provide calculated grades for MP4 for any students. Students will receive either P (Pass) or N (Not Pass).  The DE college/university grade will be calculated for the semester for the college or university transcript. 

    7.

    How might NCAA eligibility be affected by the P/F grading?

    The NCAA Eligibility Center does not use plus or minus grades to calculate GPA. For example, an A+, A and A- would all receive a quality point of 4. In Pass/Fail grading situations, the NCAA Eligibility Center assigns your school’s lowest passing grade for a course in which the student received a Pass grade. For most schools, the lowest passing grade is a D.

    http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/eligibility_center/COVID-19_Public.pdf

    8.

    If a long range project was assigned prior to the closing, but due after the closing (ex March 17), can the teachers still require students to turn this assignment in for a grade? What if the class is an AP class? What if the class is a CTE class where PBL/PBA assignments are used extensively?

    No, because the due date was after March 11.  This applies to all classes. The assignment can be turned in for feedback but not for a grade that is calculated in MP4. The teacher can keep  the assignment and grade in the gradebook and convert it to non-graded.

    Teachers may adjust a student’s final grade based on MP4 work done by a student if the student shows improvement or progress compared to that student's previous work. In other words, student improvement during MP4 can lead to an improved final grade. A student’s final grade cannot be lowered based on MP4 work. 

    9

    What does a transcript look like if a student/parent chooses the P/F option as a final grade?

    Final Grade will print on transcript. If “P” is selected, the course will not be included in GPA calculations.  Students cannot convert a F (failing grade) to a P.

    GPA will use the final letter grade in calculations. Students who elect to take a “P” will be included in rank for their junior and senior year.  

    Families should consider the option to convert a final grade from A+ through D- to P carefully as it impacts GPA, rank, NCAA eligibility, Thomas Jefferson High School admissions, Academies of Loudoun admissions, and diploma seals. 

    Selecting the pass option of grading may impact your child’s college or university admission status and future review. We ask that you contact an admissions officer at your child’s respective institution for more information.

    Contact  the school counselor if you have questions.

    10

    Does choosing P/F option #3 in the grading document  impact GPA bumps? 

    Choosing a  final grade of P/F will impact your GPA bump.  GPA bumps only apply to grades A through D-.

    Please contact your school counselor to discuss this option and the potential impact for a transcript.

    11. 

    Could students receive numeric grade for quarter 4 - only if it would help their grade average? 

    No.  Teachers may adjust a student’s final grade based on MP4 work done by a student if the student shows improvement or progress compared to that student's previous work. In other words, student improvement during MP4 can lead to an improved final grade. A student’s final grade cannot be lowered based on MP4 work. 

    12.

    Will honors, AP, and Dual Enrollment classes still receive a GPA bump?

    Yes.  The GPA bump applies to letter grades A+ through D-. 

    Choosing to replace a letter grade with a P will negate the GPA bump.  GPA will use the final letter grade in calculations and rank.

    Families should consider the option to convert a final grade from A+ through D- to P carefully as it impacts GPA, rank, NCAA eligibility, Thomas Jefferson High School admissions,  Academies of Loudoun admissions, and diploma seals. 

    Selecting the pass option of grading may impact your child’s college or university admission status and future review. We ask that you contact an admissions officer at your child’s respective institution for more information.

    Contact the school counselor if you have questions.

    13.

    Is there a minimum grade a student needs to choose a pass option versus a grade?  I know for both my daughters they need a C or higher. (both in college)

    Yes, D- is the minimum to convert to a P

    14.

    Can teachers offer students a choice of either making up an assignment or taking an exemption, if they would prefer that?

    To remain equitable, exemptions are not accepted for MP3 assignments if the student can access the assignment from home. Differentiated instruction for learners in different home environments is encouraged.

    15.

    How will you ensure teachers will be able to go in and log feedback and grades that do not calculate towards the students final grade?

    Teachers will still be able to enter grades and feedback comments  in MP4 in the gradebook. The gradebook settings will be configured such that that a final grade calculation will not include any grades entered in MP4.

    For all courses, teachers may adjust a student’s final grade based on MP4 work done by a student if the student shows improvement or progress compared to that student's previous work. In other words, student improvement during MP4 can lead to an improved final grade. A student’s final grade cannot be lowered based on MP4 work.

    16.

    Semester long classes that are second semester will be based on just that small part of Q3?

    Yes, the grade is based on MP3 . Families will have the P/F option for these courses.

    For all courses, teachers may adjust a student’s final grade based on MP4 work done by a student if the student shows improvement or progress compared to that student's previous work. In other words, student improvement during MP4 can lead to an improved final grade. A student’s final grade cannot be lowered based on MP4 work.

    17.

    Are Capstone projects on or off, or discretionary?

    Due to the safety of our students, we have canceled the Capstone experience for this school year.

    18.

    Seniors with Capstone projects who will have no new material after May, by class design, will do what?

    The teacher will provide engaging learning opportunities to deepen student learning.

    19.

    Can you take pass/fail for the year, or just the second semester, with no effect on GPA?

    Pass/Not Pass will be awarded for MP4.  A Final Grade will be calculated for students.  Families can elect to convert the Final Grade into a Pass.  If Pass is selected, the course will not be included in GPA calculations. Students cannot convert a F (failing grade) to a P.

    GPA will use the final letter grade in calculations. Students who elect to take a “P” will be included in rank for their junior and senior year. 

    Families should consider the option to convert a final grade from A+ through D- to P carefully as it impacts GPA, rank, NCAA eligibility, Thomas Jefferson High School admissions, Academies of Loudoun admissions, and diploma seals.  

    Selecting the pass option of grading may impact your child’s college or university admission status and future review. We ask that you contact an admissions officer at your child’s respective institution for more information.

    Contact the school counselor if you have questions.

    20.

    Students who transfer in after the 3rd quarter, what is the grading process?

    Teachers will record the receiving grades from the transfer school and provide a Pass/Not Pass for MP4.

    21.

    Will AP / DE final grades be calculated per the same three options, or differently?

    Yes, the same.

    22.

    Regarding Option 3 (Student receives a Semester 1 grade and a Pass or Fail for Quarter 3 and Final Grade. GPA is calculated using Semester 1 grade.), is the grade for semester 1 factored into the GPA as a 1/2 year grade and not a full credit for computational purposes (otherwise it's like giving the student that grade or the whole year)?

    No, if the student elected Option 3, the Final Grade (with full credit) is used in GPA.  The grade itself is the same as the semester grade.

    23.

    What will happen to the Gifted Eligibility Process that is supposed to be happening now?

    The gifted education identification process and timeline have been impacted by the closure of schools due to COVID-19. Normally, the Gifted Office reviews portfolios in April and sends letters home about final eligibility decisions in late May. At this point, any work collected for the portfolios to determine gifted eligibility remains in the schools and is not accessible to teachers or the gifted office.

    The Gifted Education Department will follow guidance provided by the Virginia Department of Education regarding how to move forward with evaluations for gifted services. Once information from the state is received, an update will be provided.

    24.

    Will students receive the grade bump for an honors course? What about for a class like biology where they did complete the project which is why they get the bump? What about Alg 2 Trig kids who haven't gotten to the Trig content? Will they get the bump for covering the same material that Alg 2 did?

    All grade GPA bumps remain in effect.

    25. 

    What does this even mean? Which one should a teacher focus on? Both? Is Edmentum more for assessment? 

    LCPS is utilizing Edmentum in order to provide support to teachers in meeting the variety of expectations related to distance learning. 

    Google Classroom and Hyperdocs will still be used by teachers and students for planning synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences aligned to school and division guidelines such as
    -Collaborative activities for students on Google Classroom
    -Differentiated student support (teacher created mini-lessons)
    -Other recommended offline learning experiences       

    At the secondary level, Edmentum is the base learning and Google Classroom and Hyperdocs should be used to enhance student learning through differentiation based on Edmentum progress data.

    Edmentum is a platform that will allow LCPS to meet the state requirement procedures for tracking student progress and providing equitable access of learning through a common base of standards and progress data.

    26.

    if a ninth grader is taking algebra II/ trig And they were scheduled to take the algebra II SOL and that is now being waived. Will they have to take that SOL at the end of 10th grade to ensure they have taken a math SOL during high school or would the waiver be considered as fulfilling math requirements for an advanced diploma? 

    VDOE Emergency guidance states that

     “To be eligible to earn locally awarded verified credits in reading, writing, math, science, social science, under this guidance, a student must: 

    1. Pass the corresponding HS course AND 2. Demonstrate mastery of the standards, competencies, and objectives of the entire course through a locally determined verification process.”

    The student will not have to take an SOL next school year if they meet standards of 1 and 2 above.  If only standard 1 is met, the student will have to take an approved SOL for verified credit the following year.   

    Flexibility applies to students seeking either a Standard or Advanced Diploma.

    27.

    Can students make up/re-assess grades from 1st or 2nd quarters?

    If a student is in danger of failing the course, yes they can make-up mastery of essential skills that they would have done through remediation during the typical school year.  The documentation of essential skills from MP1, 2 and 3 will be documented through Edmentum and go in the MP4 gradebook for tracking of essential skills and consideration for the final grade.    

    Teachers will still be able to enter grades and feedback comments  in MP4 in the gradebook. The gradebook settings will be configured such that that a final grade calculation will not include any grades entered in MP4.

    For all courses, teachers may adjust a student’s final grade based on MP4 work done by a student if the student shows improvement or progress compared to that student's previous work. In other words, student improvement during MP4 can lead to an improved final grade. A student’s final grade cannot be lowered based on MP4 work.

    28.

    Can Edmentum be used for Credit Recovery for quarters 1,2, and 3? 

    Credit Recovery is for students in danger of failing the course. The documentation for mastery of MP1, 2, and 3 through Edmentum  will go in the MP4 gradebook for tracking of met essential skills and consideration of the final grade.

    Teachers will still be able to enter grades and feedback comments  in MP4 in the gradebook. The gradebook settings will be configured such that that a final grade calculation will not include any grades entered in MP4.

    For all courses, teachers may adjust a student’s final grade based on MP4 work done by a student if the student shows improvement or progress compared to that student's previous work. In other words, student improvement during MP4 can lead to an improved final grade. A student’s final grade cannot be lowered based on MP4 work.

    29.  

    If a student earns an F in the first three quarters of the year – does that student fail for the year?  

    What would that mean for a Senior? The state has indicated, For students who were not passing a class at the time of the school closure, the VDOE recommends that these students be provided with opportunities to demonstrate competency so that a standard credit may be awarded for graduation.

    What flexibility or process exists for teachers to work with Seniors (or any other student) in the last quarter of the year to help them graduate if numerically the first three quarters are failing and there is no grade for the final quarter? 

    If the student does not make up any work they will fail (or receive an I for incomplete).  If the student continues to work and shows proficiency of essential skills through Edmentum, teacher created assessments through Google class, or Hyperdocs, the documentation for proficiency of MP1, 2, and 3 will be noted in the MP4 gradebook for tracking of proficient essential skills and consideration of the final grade.  

    The MP4 gradebook settings will be configured such that a final grade calculation will not include any grades entered in MP4.

    For all courses, teachers may adjust a student’s final grade based on MP4 work if the student shows improvement or progress compared to that student’s previous work.  In other words, student improvement during MP4 can lead to an improved final grade.  A student’s final grade cannot be lowered based on MP4 work.

    Teachers will continue to work with high school students over the summer to address F/I final grades.

    30.

    If a student graduating with the 2019-2020 cohort  needs a verified credit for graduation, will that requirement be waived?

    Yes. The Superintendent of Public Instruction has the authority to waive state regulatory requirements according to Executive Order Fifty One (2020) issued by the Governor on March 12, 2020. As verified credits are a requirement provided for in the Board of Education’s Regulations Establishing Standards for the Accreditation of Public Schools (8VAC20-131-50), the Superintendent plans to use this authority to waive requirements that the credit be verified only for students who are both: (1) scheduled to graduate with the 2019-2020 cohort; AND (2) enrolled in school during spring 2020. Please note, this waiver will only effectively impact those students in the 2019-2020 cohort whose ONLY barrier to graduation is a verified credit (or credits) .  These students will still be required to have earned standard units of credit necessary for graduation using flexibility as provided by the Board of Education’s Emergency Guidelines: Local Alternatives to the Awarding of Standard Units of Credit as adopted on April 2, 2020.

    This waiver is not limited to those courses in which a student is currently enrolled. For example, a student who is scheduled to graduate with the 2019-2020 cohort that took an Algebra I course in ninth grade and passed the course but had not yet been able to earn a verified credit in math is eligible for this waiver flexibility since the SOL test is not available to them during the school closures.

    31.

    Given the waiver of SOLs, if a graduating senior was going to take a high school math SOL this year, but now cannot, will the waiver be considered as fulfilling math requirements for an ADVANCED diploma?

    Yes

    32.

    Which students will need or be able to use the flexibility provided by the Board of Education with regard to the administration of a locally-awarded verified credit (LAVC)?

    All students who are not graduating in the 2019-2020 cohort but are currently enrolled in courses  that are eligible for a verified credit are able to earn a verified credit using the revised locally-awarded verified credit process under the Board of Education’s Emergency Guidelines: Locally-Awarded Verified Credits, as adopted on April 2, 2020. These students will also be able to earn the verified credit through the existing pathways as well, including passing the corresponding end-of-course SOL assessment or other Board-approved test at a later date.  LAVCs earned during the effective dates of the emergency guidelines will not apply to the "cap" on locally awarded verified credits.  

    33.

    Can a student/guardian select to receive a P for Precalculus but a letter grade for English, for instance?

    Yes.  Families can choose the grading option of P or a letter grade per class.  

    GPA will use the final letter grade in calculations. Students who elect to take a “P” will be included in rank for their junior and senior year.  Students cannot convert a F (failing grade) to a P.

    Families should consider the option to convert a final grade from A+ through D- to P carefully as it impacts GPA, rank, NCAA eligibility, Thomas Jefferson High School admissions, Academies of Loudoun admissions, and diploma seals.  

    Selecting the pass option of grading may impact your child’s college or university admission status and future review. We ask that you contact an admissions officer at your child’s respective institution for more information.

    Contact the school counselor if you have questions.

    34.

    Will selecting a P instead of a letter grade for a course affect college admissions? Selecting the pass/fail option of grading may impact your child’s college or university admission status and future review. We ask that you contact an admissions officer at your child’s respective institution for more information.

    35.

    Will the LCPS  Dual Enrollment (DE) grade be different from the College/University transcript grade? Yes. DE courses have the same grading expectations for LCPS MP4 as other courses.  The MP4 grade will be P or N. All assignments should be marked as ‘not for grading’.  The DE teacher must follow the College/University process for submitting grades in the College/University system.

    36.

    If a student requests P’s for all final grades/all courses, would their GPA be the same as it was at the end of last year or would it be their cumulative GPA through S1 this year?

    Yes, the GPA would remain the same as it was at the end of last year in this specific question.

    GPA will use the final letter grade in calculations. Students who elect to take a “P” will be included in rank for their junior and  senior year.  Students cannot convert a F (failing grade) to a P.

    Families should consider the option to convert a final grade from A+ through D- to P carefully as it impacts GPA, rank, NCAA eligibility, Thomas Jefferson High School admissions, Academies of Loudoun admissions, and diploma seals.  

    Selecting the pass option of grading may impact your child’s college or university admission status and future review. We ask that you contact an admissions officer at your child’s respective institution for more information.

    Contact the school counselor if you have questions.

    37.

    This student had a cumulative GPA at the end of 2018-19 of 4.09. The GPA at the end of S1 this year was 3.97. If they choose to take all Ps for final grades this year, which GPA will the student have starting the 2020-2021 school year?

    The student will have a 4.09 GPA for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. 

    GPA will use the final letter grade in calculations. Students who elect to take a “P” will  be included in rank for their junior and  senior year.  Students cannot convert a F (failing grade) to a P.

    Families should consider the option to convert a final grade from A+ through D- to P carefully as it impacts GPA, rank, NCAA eligibility, Thomas Jefferson High School admissions,  Academies of Loudoun admissions, and diploma seals.,  

    Selecting the pass option of grading may impact your child’s college or university admission status and future review. We ask that you contact an admissions officer at your child’s respective institution for more information.

    Contact the school counselor if you have questions.

    38.

    Can a senior, who has earned the verified credits for a standard diploma and the standard credits for an advanced studies diploma, use the Locally Awarded Verified Credits waiver to earn an advanced studies diploma? In other words, can seniors earn a higher level diploma than they had originally planned?  

    No.  Students should be provided the flexibility needed to earn the diploma they were expecting to earn at the time of the school closure.

    39.

    Will flexibility be provided for submission of student competency attainment in CTE?   Yes, there will be flexibility provided for submission of student competency attainment in CTE.

    40.

    Will seniors be required to complete training on emergency first aid, hands on CPR, and the use of automated external defibrillators for graduation?

    Students graduating with the 2019-2020 cohort, including terms in spring and summer 2020, will not be required to complete training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillator, including hands-on practice of the skills necessary to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
    41. Will seniors be required to complete a virtual course for graduation?  Students graduating with the 2019-2020 cohort, including terms in spring and summer 2020, will not be required to complete a virtual course.
    42. At what point would a student, who was enrolled in an EOC SOL course during the spring 2020 NW test administration and didn’t complete the course so was given a summer/fall extension, no longer be eligible for the current flexibility to award an Locally Awarded Verified Credit (LAVC) in place of testing and have to take the SOL test for the LAVC?
    There is no specific deadline for the LAVC  flexibility for a student who was enrolled in a course that was interrupted in spring 2020 by the school closures; however, the student must complete the requirements to earn a standard credit to even be eligible for a verified credit.
    43. I just would feel best with the definite confirmation that it is correct that if a student passes Semester 1 and then fails completely MP3 (as in has a zero) and does nothing MP4, they can still use their Sem 1 grade as their Final Grade as it shows in the example.

    Yes

    Students who are missing essential skills will be assessed,  and if needed,  remediated  to ensure essential skills are learned.

    44. Will a note or message to final transcripts that go to colleges explaining the P if a student takes it in their final grade?” P = “Pass” is currently on transcript.
    45. Can parents confirm grades in PVUE? Parents will be able to see both the preliminary FG (on 6/7).  If the teacher overrides the FG after 6/7, the families will only see the overridden grade in PVUE.  A public-facing FG calculator will be available to families as well to confirm “the math”.
    46. When will parents be able to make selections to final grades? Selecting a “P” is June 12-15 for families
    47. If a student/family chooses to change a grade to “P” how will that affect the rank?

    Final Grade will print on transcript. If “P” is selected, the course will not be included in GPA calculations.  If Fail is determined, no credit is awarded and zero quality points are calculated in the GPA.

    GPA will use the final letter grade in calculations for class rank. 

    Families should consider the option to convert a final grade from A+ through D- to P carefully as it impacts GPA, rank,  NCAA eligibility, Thomas Jefferson High School admissions, Academies of Loudoun admissions and diploma seals.  

    Selecting the pass option of grading may impact your child’s college or university admission status and future review. We ask that you contact an admissions officer at your child’s respective institution for more information.

    Contact the school counselor if you have questions.

    48. Are returning graduates eligible for the senior flexibility? (Returning graduates are students who previously graduated with an applied studies diploma and have re-enrolled to complete graduation requirements to earn a standard diploma) VDOE: For students with a disability who are returning to earn a standard diploma, if they are enrolled as a post-grad student to complete outstanding graduation requirements and have an IEP indicating they are now attempting to earn a standard diploma, then the current waivers for members of the 2019-2020 cohort apply.
    49.

    Who is eligible for a LAVC via the current flexibility?

    Are 5th and 6th year seniors, double promoted juniors, and adult education students eligible for the senior flexibility?

    Anyone not in the 2019-2020 cohort, who is currently enrolled in and passing a S2, T2 or year-long course with an SOL test. 

    VDOE: If any of these students were enrolled in school in spring 2020 and were expected to graduate this spring or summer (in the 2019-2020 cohort), the flexibility for seniors would apply.
    50. How will the selection of a P for a final grade impact the awarding of a diploma seal? Courses where students opt for final grades to be converted to a P will not be included in the determination of awarding a diploma seal.  The determination will be made by averaging the final grades of other courses related to the particular seal.
    51.

    Will choosing the option of P affect admissions for the Academies of Loudoun and Thomas Jefferson High School?

     Yes.  Each specialized program has admissions criteria based on letter grades A+ through D-.  Selecting a P will impact admissions criteria. For more information contact the specific institution. 
    52.

    Why is the class rank removal for just seniors and juniors who take a P/F for a final grade, and not lower grades?

    Students are ranked at the end of junior year.  Seniors and juniors are the only classes that are currently ranked.  Class rank is removed for seniors and juniors because there is a possibility that their GPA would be greatly skewed by others or themselves choosing a P.  Since GPA is directly tied to class rank, we have provided this option for those who are concerned about skewed changes in rank.

    Current 6th through 10th graders still have a majority of their HS careers left, with rigorous courses and AP/DE classes with greater weight on GPA to come. They have not yet been ranked, and have many opportunities ahead of them to impact their GPAs (and rank). The P will not exclude them for rank at the end of junior year or during their senior year. 

    53.

    How can I calculate my student’s Final Grade using the 3 approved options?

    LCPS published a Final Grade calculator for families to determine the highest possible calculated grade.







Last Modified on June 15, 2020