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Baltimore County high school students can choose 'pass/fail' or letter grade for final grades

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Posted at 5:58 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 17:58:14-04

BALTIMORE COUNTY — Baltimore County Public Schools has announced changes to grading and report cards.

It's all in alignment with the Continuity of Learning plan and remote learning environment. The changes especially affect students in Grades 6 through 12.

Middle school students in Grades 6 through 8 will receive a grade of “Pass” or “Fail” for marking periods 3 and 4, as well as a grade of “Pass” or “Fail” for the final grade.

High school students in Grades 9 through 12 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 (grade point average) or QPA (quality point average), but a “Pass/Fail” will not.

“We recognize that this is not the norm, and that change is difficult,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams. “But this pandemic requires all of us to adapt and persevere. This change in grading seemed the most equitable course of action given our current constraints. I continue to admire our teachers, students, parents, and administrators for continuing to work together on behalf of academic progress.”