Virginia Beach Schools’ grading committee lists timeline for recommendations

Virginia Beach’s grading practices for middle and high schools will be under review until about March, according to a timeline posted on the district’s website.

The school division’s future dates for the Fair and Equitable Grading Practices Committee:

  • Jan. 14 – Fourth committee meeting on their “topics of focus”
  • Feb. 11 – Continue work and finalize recommendations
  • Mid to late March – Gather feedback from stakeholders (i.e. students, teachers and parents)
  • March/April – Advise the School Board

The committee has met once in September, November and December. At the December meeting, committee members reviewed the input they received at the November grading practices forum, which featured grading expert Thomas Guskey, according to the timeline.

“A draft of the recommendations will be posted on this site when they are made by the committee in the spring,” the website says. “At that time, the public will have additional opportunities to comment on suggested changes.”

The district’s website also includes answers to some of the questions that could not be answered during the grading forum in November due to time constraints.

The committee will present its recommendations in late spring to the School Board. That will give the board time to approve any changes for the 2016-2017 school year.

The School Board on Tuesday will receive the results of a parent survey on standards-based grading practices, which are currently in place in elementary schools.


Read past coverage of this issue:

A or B? Inconsistent grading policies prompt review by Beach schools committee

Forum on grading practices leaves parents dissatisfied

Virginia Beach schools address questions on grading practices on website

Virginia Beach School Board members field criticism from parents on grading forum

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