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April 24, 2020 - Update from the State: Year-End Grading Policy

Dear Summit Families, Yesterday afternoon Governor Cooper announced that he will be providing an update on the status of school closure later today. As we have more information this afternoon, I will update you on the status of Summit’s school closure. Also yesterday afternoon, the State Board of Education approved a temporary Year-End Grading Policy to inform grading measures in schools through this period of school closure and remote learning. The grading policy is detailed in the attached press release from the State Board of Education, and summarized below:

  • K-5: Students will not receive traditional grades for the year. Instead, they will receive year-end feedback from teachers using a format determined by the school.

  • 6-8: Students will receive a “pass” or “withdraw” grade for the year, where a “withdraw” does not equate to a failing grade, but rather an indication of a lack of evidence of mastery. A grade of “pass” will be assigned to any student who was passing the course as of March 13 or who worked to improve to the point of passing after March 13 through remote learning. Middle school students taking Math I will have the same grading options as high school students for the course.

  • 9-10: Students will have the option of choosing between a grade of “pass or no credit” or a numeric grade for their spring semester courses. If a student chooses a numeric grade for the spring semester, the score will be based on the grade they were earning as of March 13 in the class. If a student was failing a course as of March 13, they have the opportunity to improve their grade through remote learning, otherwise that course will not appear on their high school transcript for credit.

Our administration and faculty will work to develop procedures for implementing this policy in determining student grades for the 4th quarter and will update you with more information by early next week.

While this policy will inform grading procedures for our final quarter at Summit this school year, the importance of this time with our children remains unchanged. We are grateful for all the time, effort, and love you continue to pour into supporting your children’s learning. I believe that, more than anything, this experience and the unbelievable response of our parents and teachers will shape our children to be stronger, wiser, and more resilient as people.

You all are doing an amazing job.

With gratitude,


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