SDUHSD Grade Policy Advocacy (Centralized Data Forum~share your data with us)
2,339 signatures is equivalent to the entire 2020 11th Grade Class in SDUHSD (all high schools combined).
The 5 petitions initiated prior to May 14, 2020, asked the Leadership in the SDUHSD to provide Students a CHOICE to receive a grade not just a one size C/NC.
Students want Options.
Community prepared detailed presentation on why CHOICE should be the option. Read Here
Community Works to Educate School Board
Why did community NEED to Educate School Board?
March 30, 2020 email from Dr. Haley states, “We are working with other San Diego County school districts, and districts across the state to ensure we provide fair and accurate grades in the 4th quarter and the 2nd semester. We are aware some districts have adopted pass/fail grade systems, however, we do not know if that will have negative consequences…we do not want any students’ academic career negatively impacted by this sudden shift.”
Friday, April 3, 2020: (Four days later and the Friday before spring break) A simple email which stated, “Important information regarding grading and resources is posted on our website: www.sduhsd.net.” There was no letter or explanation like all the other emails. This email refers to the website indicating the C/NC policy.
April 6-April 12, 2020: Spring break and district offices closed.
April 6, 2020+ Surveys initiated mostly by SDUHSD students
April 16, 2020 College Board holds information session.
Transcript begins at 16:58 – 18:06
“Something you might want to look at: most AP teachers are going to still provide letter grades this year, grades of A through F. Eighty-six percent of AP teachers are reporting that students will still receive a letter grade of A through F. Many of those teachers in through schools also give a GPA bonus point if the student completes the exam.
That practice of giving AP students extra GPA bonus points is supported by research from Harvard and University of Virginia.
So, you might want to check; if your school is not giving your child GPA bonus points for finishing the course and completing the exam, you might want to ask your school to adopt that practice.
Seventy percent of AP schools already use that practice because it's supported by research and it rewards students who are taking a more challenging course, a college-level course in high school, students who are taking a more challenging course, a college-level course in high school…if you live in California you don’t have to worry about this practice. The UC system automatically gives those bonus points to every AP student.”
* Additional Reference Site: https://parents.collegeboard.org/webinars
April 21, 2020 San Dieguito schools roll out site-specific distance learning plans (Karen Billings Reporting, Del Mar Times)
Since April 21st - Community Members have actively written their school board members, posted continually on Nextdoor in their respective communities and signed petitions that this one-size fits all approach is not for the SDUHSD Community.
April 27, 2020 Students and Parents publicly protest one-size fits all policy (Karen Billings Reporting, Del Mar Times Reporting)
May 7, 2020 Community Group shares major data points of other Distance Learning Grading Policies around the State and the irreparable harm that the C/NC only policy instituted in SDUHSD could have on Students.
Action Item: CONSIDERATION OF DISTANCE LEARNING PLAN DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE SPRING 2020 – WAIVER OF BOARD POLICY 5121, GRADES/EVALUATION OF STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, FOR SPRING SEMESTER 2020
May 14, 2020: Speakers are notified five minutes before the Board meeting, only 9 speakers make public comment. Board votes unanimously 5-0 in favor of a grade choice.
Post May 14, 2020 School Board Meeting New Surveys
Community Public Service Announcement Video
May 21,2020 - School Board Meeting
10. ACTION ITEMS a. CONSIDERATION OF DISTANCE LEARNING PLAN DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE SPRING 2020 – WAIVER OF BOARD POLICY 5121, GRADES/EVALUATION OF STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, FOR SPRING SEMESTER 2020
School Board Voted 4-1 to accept a Choice for Grades Option for Spring 2020.
NOTE: High Schools in SDUHSD do not have PTAs or a central public parent forum, there is so much data moving around the SDUHSD School Community in a bifurcated fashion, we are trying to capture and put it in one place, for public review. We will continue to work to update any new data sources as they come forward to us on this post.