Updated eLearning Grading and Reporting – High School

eLearning Grading and Reporting – High School

Updated May 6, 2020


High School Grades 9 – 12:

  • High school students will receive a grade of “Pass” or “Fail” for marking periods 3 and 4.
  • For the final grade, high school students can choose whether they would like a letter grade (from A to E) or a “Pass/Fail” for each course. A letter grade will impact students’ overall GPA or QPA, but a “Pass/Fail” will not.

High School Seniors:

  • The last day of school for seniors will be May 29 instead of May 22.


How will work assigned for high school students during MP3/MP4 be graded?

  • Students will receive either a Pass (P) or Fail (F) for MP3/MP4. Teachers will provide feedback on student progress during the extended closure. A grade of “P” will be issued when there is evidence of student participation and progress, or the school is aware that a student is experiencing an extenuating circumstance or hardship.

Will there be any final exams?

  • There will be no final exams this school year.

How will final grades be calculated?

  • For students choosing pass/fail:
  • A final course grade of “Pass” or “Fail.” For High school courses: Final course grades for year-long courses will be calculated using the marking period grades. Students receiving three failing grades (E,U,F) will receive an “F.” All other students will receive a “P.”
  • For students choosing achievement grades:
  • Step 1: Each grade for marking periods 1 and 2 will convert to the following point values:

A = 12 points B = 9 points C = 6 points D = 3 points E = 0 points

  • Step 2: The “Pass” or “Fail” for Marking Period 3/4 will convert to the following point values:

P = 4 points F = 0 points

  • Step 3: Add the three numerical equivalents. Convert the sum of the numerical equivalents to a letter grade for the report card using the following conversion scale:

A/P = 24 – 28 points B/P = 18 – 12 points C/P = 11 – 17 points D/P = 4 – 10 points E/F = 0 – 3

Why are high school students provided with a final grade option of achievement grades or pass/fail?

  • Based on information shared during discussions with stakeholder groups, students in grades 9-12 will have the option to choose between an achievement grade and an academic grade.  An Achievement Grade will impact a student’s cumulative GPA/QPA, and a “Pass/Fail” will not impact a student’s cumulative GPA/QPA.  GPA/QPA is one of several major factors used by colleges and postsecondary programs when making admission decisions.  We wanted to ensure that high school students had the opportunity to improve their GPA/QPA while “doing no harm” to students unable to fully participate during these challenging times.

For more information, visit BCPS Grades and Report Cards During Continuity of Learning.