MCISD adjusts grading scale, discusses graduation

Posted 4/23/20

The Madisonville CISD school board approved temporary modifications to their grading policy to accommodate for time missed during the COVID-19 pandemic at a special meeting Thursday and discussed the possibility of a virtual graduation.

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MCISD adjusts grading scale, discusses graduation

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The Madisonville CISD school board approved temporary modifications to their grading policy to accommodate for time missed during the COVID-19 pandemic at a special meeting Thursday and discussed the possibility of a virtual graduation.

MCISD students will receive a “pass” or “incomplete” mark for their work during the current spring semester (based off the work assigned during the missed time).

Students with an “incomplete” status will have until the start of the fall 2020 semester to finish the current assigned workload.

On the tenth day of the fall 2020 semester, students with “incomplete” marks will fail the nine-week period.

“We are trying to mitigate the increase of educational inequities caused by students not being able to come to the actual school,” said Superintendent Keith Smith. “While also not allowing this incident to change class rank and giving our students that were failing a chance, because we know we could have gotten them to a passing level if we had them physically at school.”

The board also discussed the possibility of a virtual graduation, which the Texas Education Agency announced they would allow.

Any in-person graduation ceremonies involving large crowds would violate current social distancing rules, but Smith stated they may consider a ceremony if said rules are adjusted.

The TEA also stated they will release future guidance as to what a virtual graduation would entail.

Smith stated to expect a late-May announcement regarding the status of senior scholarships. The annual scholarship ceremony, which was slated for early May, was canceled.

“It is the goal of our district to do everything we can not to add to the already stressful circumstances that many of our students and families are experiencing,” said Smith.

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