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How Students’ Grades Are Changing During The Coronavirus

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What should we expect of students during the coronavirus pandemic? After all, campuses are closed and classes can only meet online.

The uncertainty has prompted many districts to relax their grading policies:

  • The Los Angeles Unified School District will not issue any “F’s” this semester — and no overall grade will drop lower from where it stood in March.
  • Long Beach Unified elementary students will not receive report cards at all this semester. Middle- and high school students will receive pass-fail grades.
  • Corona-Norco Unified students grades’ can only improve from their March level.
  • Santa Ana Unified will likely revisit its grading policies soon. While details are still in the works, Superintendent Jerry Almendarez told students in a video update: “We don't want you stressing out about your grades.”
  • On the other hand, San Bernardino City Unified has not changed its grading policies or practices, spokeswoman Linda Bardere said in an email.

What do students and teachers think of new, relaxed grading policies? We asked a high school teacher — and a Zoom classroom full of middle schoolers.

As one eighth grader put it, it's a dilemma:

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Kids don’t have the chance to get their work done — and the workload is just a lot more in total than what it was when we went to school …

At the same time, I think it’s bad because … the kids who don’t even try are getting the credit.

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