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Eau Claire School Board approves pass/fail grading system

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- The Eau Claire School Board approved a pass/fail grading system at Monday's meeting. Students will no longer receive traditional grades for work completed during the last part of this school year.

Elementary school students will not receive grades for the third trimester, and teachers will instead provide comments to families about student growth in key areas.

For middle and high school students, the district will transition to a pass or no-pass grading system for fourth quarter and second semester classes. Only first semester grades will factor into a student's GPA. For middle school students, grades for yearlong courses will also not factor into GPA.

District officials said the assessments will be based on schoolwork completed through March 16, and at-home learning activities.

Jim Schmitt, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, said district staff believe the pass/no-pass system is the best option for students with the current state of the world.

"The stress to families has been significant, and the equity that we create in the classroom is very hard to replicate in the students' home situation," Schmitt said.

He said the changes allow students to focus on learning, and demonstrating the skills necessary to move on to the next level. He said while this semester's courses will not factor into a student's GPA, they will still fill graduation requirements.

"We've gotten no indication at the post-secondary level that our students would be disadvantaged with this at all," Schmitt said. "The whole education community knows what the spring of 2020 means."

Jess Langlois

Jess Langlois is the weekend meteorologist and weekday multi-media journalist for News 18. She joined us in July of 2019.

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