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DEPARTMENT OF INSTRUCTION

Report Cards and Grading Scale
Kindergarten - Grade 12

 

  REPORT CARDS AND GRADING SCALES  
 
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Report Cards Kndergarten - 5
Kindergaten (PDF - 79 KB) Grades 1-3 (PDF - 76 KB)
Grades 4-5 (PDF - 79 KB)
 
Grading Scale K-5

4

=
Exceeds standards
3
=
Meets standards
2
=
Works toward standards
1
=
Performs below standards
 
Explanation of Academic Code and Standards
Kindergarten Standards Grade 3 Standards
Grade 1 Standards Grade 4 Standards
Grade 2 Standards Grade 5 Standards
 
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6-12 GRADE SCALE CHANGE

The Stafford County School Board enacted a new ten point grading scale in the 2009-2010 school year.  Grades earned in previous years will still reflect the old grading scale. Grade point averages, based on quality points, will therefore be calculated using the old scale for each year prior to the 2009-2010 school year.  For example, students graduating in the year 2010 will have a transcript with a grade point average calculated using three years of the old grading scale and one year of the new ten point grading scale. The differences between the two grading scales are demonstrated below:

 
Old Grading Scale
(prior to 2009-10)
New Grading Scale
(2009-10 and thereafter)
 
Range
Quality Pts.
Range
Quality Pts.
A+
98-100
4.5
98-100
4.5
A
94-97
4.0
93-97
4.25
A-
   
90-92
4.0
B+
90-93
3.5
87-89
3.5
B
86-89
3.0
83-86
3.25
B-
   
80-82
3.0
C+
82-85
2.5
77-79
2.5
C
78-81
2.0
73-76
2.25
C-
   
70-72
2.0
D+
74-77
1.5
67-69
1.5
D
70-73
1.0
63-66
1.25
D-
   
60-62
1.0
F
0-69
0
0-59
0

 

ImageDEFINITION OF THE GRADING SCALE (see chart above):
  • Each letter grade will consist of a 10-point range.
  • Each letter grade will include a low, middle, and high grade.
  • A plus (+) and a minus (-) will be assigned to the high and low end of each letter grade range.

WEIGHTING OF COLLEGE-LEVEL COURSES:

  • College-level courses (AP, IB, and DE) will continue to carry an additional 1.0 quality point. Only those dual-enrollment academic core courses that are equivalent to two semesters of college credit will be awarded 1.0 quality points.
IMPACT ON GPAs:  
  • GPAs would include cumulative grades from both the present scale and the new 10 point scale for the next 4 years approximately.   Students in the Class of 2010 will have 75% of their GPA calculated using the previous scale, and each succeeding class will be decreased by 25%. The school profile attached to each college application will include an explanation of these changes. 
  • Presently, the grades of transfer students are not converted to our grading scale and whatever grades are transferred from the previous school are used to calculate the student’s GPA. This practice will continue with the new grading scale. 
  • The new grading scale will be implemented starting the first day of the 2009-10 school year (not to include the 2009 summer school).
  • Ninth graders in 2009-10 who have taken high school courses in middle school will receive grades based on the previous grade scale. In effect, these students’ GPAs will be largely based on the new 10 point grade scale, except those high school courses taken in middle school during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years.
IMPACT ON STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND RECOGNITION (to be implemented with entering 9th grade class in Fall 2009):
  • Each high school will set 3.8 as the minimum eligibility requirement for NHS which is an increase for most schools.
  • The honor graduates GPA will be increased from 3.3 to 3.8, and the distinguished honors graduate GPA will be increased from 3.8 to 4.0.
  • The GPA eligibility for Summa Cum Laude division-level recognition will increase from 4.0 to 4.25.
IMPACT ON SOL INCENTIVE PLAN: 

The incentive that allows students who pass an SOL test and have an average between 65 and 69 to receive credit will be discontinued in 2009-10; however, the exam exemption incentive for those who pass an SOL test will continue.
 
TRANSCRIBING GRADES FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS:

Stafford County Public Schools recognizes that different school districts and different states utilize different grading scales. As students transfer to Stafford County Public Schools, official transcripts are requested from the sending school. Grades are transcribed for transfer students based on the letter grade earned at the previous school. This letter grade for the transfer student is used to calculate the grade point average based on the Stafford County Public Schools’ quality point scale that is applicable. Letter grades earned before the 2009-10 school year would use the quality point scale in effect at that time. For example, a student who earns an A during the 2008-09 at his previous school would be awarded 4.0 quality points using the old quality point scale; however, if that A is earned 2009-10 or thereafter, then 4.25 quality points would be awarded. It should be noted, that Stafford County Public Schools does not weight all courses. Transfer students will receive weighted credit for only those Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment or IB courses previously taken for which an equivalent weighted course is offered in our schools.
 
     
  GRADING PERIODS  
 
2014-2015
Grades K - 8:
 
Interim Report
End of Quarter
Report Cards
OCT 3
NOV 3
NOV 14
DEC 12
JAN 26
JAN 30
FEB 27
APR 1
APR 17
MAY 12
JUN 12
JUN 12 (K-5)
JUN 19 (6-8)

2014-2015
HIGH SCHOOLS:
Grades 9 – 12: Year-long XY Block Courses
Interim Report
End of Quarter
Report Cards
OCT 3
NOV 3
NOV 14
DEC 12
JAN 26
JAN 30
FEB 27
APR 1
APR 17
MAY 12
JUN 12
JUN 19

2014-2015
Grades 9 – 12: 4x4 Block Schedule
Interim Report
End of Quarter
Report Cards
SEP 19
OCT 3
OCT 10
OCT 22
NOV 3
NOV 14
NOV 25
DEC 12
DEC 19
JAN 7
JAN 26
JAN 30
FEB 10
FEB 27
MAR 6
MAR 16
APR 1
APR 17
APR 24
MAY 12
MAY 19
MAY 28
JUN 12
JUN 19
 
 Student with  Report Card
 
     






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