FCPS changes grading system for the end of 2020-21 school year

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Luke Cavey, Staff Writer

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has once again decided to change their grading system due to covid-19. Teachers counselors and administrators will be communicating with families regarding these grading policy changes as well as any other options regarding the students grade. 

 

FCPS has changed their grading system this school year making a 50% the lowest grade you can get. Turning in work for major assignments late will only come with minimum penalties. No single assignment will be worth more than 20% of a students grade.

 

Key options for high school students include: 

  • Use of No Mark (NM) instead of F grades for all courses
  • Final Exam flexibility that ensures an exam can only serve to improve a student’s grade for the year
  • Allowing students/families  to choose a mark of “P”  (pass) instead of passing letter grades (Cs or Ds, for example) as their final mark in up to two courses 

 

Key options for middle school students include:

  • Use of No Mark (NM) instead of F grades for all courses
  • Students receiving a final mark of D / D+ in any course will be assigned a mark assigned  a mark of  “P” (pass) on the report card  
  • Allowing students/families  to choose a mark of “P” (pass) instead of passing letter grades (C’s, for example) for any course