Fort Mill School District
2233 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29715
P: (803) 548-2527 | F: (803) 547-4696
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Grading Plan for Remainder of 2019-2020
Grading Plan for Remainder of 2019-2020
Posted on 03/31/2020

Fort Mill Schools

Grading Plan for remainder of 2019-2020

During this unique and challenging time of school closures we know there are many questions regarding how students will be graded for the 4th quarter (elementary and middle schools) and second semester of the school year. We have been working diligently to develop a fair system to grade students while they are learning remotely. 

We applaud our students for their hard work with eLearning. We also recognize the tremendous work of our teachers as they have implemented eLearning with such short notice.  However, we know this is a big change in how we all learn and have developed our plan with that in mind.

There are many factors that have gone into our decision. We have recently received information from the State Department of Education regarding state parameters on how grades will be administered for the remainder of the school year and this email outlines our grading plan.

3rd Quarter

Information for 3rd Quarter Report Cards for Grades K-8

During this period of school closures, parents may access their child’s report cards by using Parent Portal after April 3. Parents who have not previously set up a Parent Portal account will receive a separate email with instructions on how to do so. More information on how to access Parent Portal can be found on the district's website.

Grades K-1

The progress report includes your child’s progress from January 21 to March 12.  

Grades 2-8

The report card includes your child’s grades on assignments and tests from January 21 to March 17.

 4th Quarter and Remainder of Year

Our Elementary and Middle school students will NOT receive a traditional letter grade for the 4th quarter.

Grades K-1

Students will receive a “Satisfactory” or “Needs Improvement” in ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies for the 4th quarter. They will not receive a grade for related arts classes.

Grades 2-5

Students in grades 2-5 will receive a “PASS” or “FAIL” in ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies for the 4th quarter. They will not receive a grade for related arts classes.

Grades 6 – 8

Students in grades 6-8 will receive a “PASS” or “FAIL” in ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies and Related Arts classes for the 4th quarter.

 High School Credit Courses

High school students (and middle school students taking high school credit courses) will receive a numerical grade as in the past. All districts in South Carolina are required to follow the South Carolina Uniform Grading Policy for high school courses.  This will ensure consistency across the state. Thus, students will be getting grades for submitted work and a final semester grade.

Semester grades for high school students will encompass work completed for the entire semester. Students have already received their first 6 weeks grade and that now will be more like an interim grade. Students will not receive a M4, M5, M6 and exam grade. All graded assignments will be calculated into one semester grade.

Please note high school students will NOT take Final Exams in their high school classes this semester. Students in AP courses will still have AP exams and that information will be communicated by the teacher and school.  

From the South Carolina Department of Education:

To accomplish these goals and give districts the ability to sufficiently report grades, the SCDE is reframing the structure of the second semester so that only one final semester grade will be reported.The semester grade will reflect work completed and mastery demonstrated during the third and fourth quarters combined (or all 6 weeks grades in FMSD), but will not be reported as two separate grades.

Grades currently stored for the third quarter (or first 6 weeks in FMSD) should be considered as interim reporting.The semester grade should be composed of all third quarter grades (or first 6 weeks in FMSD), as well as those grades deemed appropriate by the district to assure competency or provide remediation.

As a reminder, the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) applied and received an assessment and accountability waiver from the U.S. Department of Education (USED).This waiver provides that for spring 2020, South Carolina will not administer any of the following assessment programs: 

  •  SC READY (English language arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades 3–8);
  •  SCPASS (science in grades 4 and 6);
  •  End-of-Course Examination Program (English, Algebra, Biology, United States History and the Constitution) the requirement that these examinations count 20 percent has been waived;
  • Prekindergarten assessments – 4-year-old kindergarten (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS Pre-K™), Individual Growth and Development Indicators (myIGDIs™), and Teaching Strategies® GOLD); and
  • Alternate Assessments – some students have already taken the alternate assessments. Districts will receive information for returning those materials.