Equitable Grading

Equitable Grading Practices

As part of its commitment to equity, the Grossmont Union High School District is committed to equitable grading practices. Since 2019, teachers and administrators have used Grading for Equity by Joe Feldman as a primary resource for this work.

We recognize grades often emphasize teacher values and methods that have been a part of teaching for years. There is not a single approach or system that works for all environments, however, as we look to support learning for all of our students, we need to do a careful review of our grading systems.

The GUHSDLearns team is committed to supporting teachers, departments, and schools in a thoughtful and intentional process to ensure student grades reflect learning goals outlined in state standards.

Key Elements of Equitable Grading Practices

  • Eliminate the zero and use a minimum grading system with 50 or 55 as the lowest score.

  • Weight the work towards the end of the term greater.

  • Eliminate extra credit.

  • Do not penalize late work.

  • Include formative assessments and homework in an unweighted category.

  • Only include summative assessments in the grades and allow retakes or iterations if standards are not met.

  • Standards-based and mastery-based grading.

Coming Soon

  • Testimonials from GUHSD teachers and students.

  • A review of Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 5121 related to grading practices in GUHSD.

  • Levels of Implementation.

  • Technical considerations for use of Schoology and Infinite Campus.

G4E Book Studies and/or PL

Interested in a site-based or department-based Grading for Equity book study or professional learning? (Doc version)

Book Study (Spring/Summer 2021)

  • Books provided by the district

  • Organized and facilitated (or co-faciliated) by district specialists

  • Four meetings over 6-10 weeks

  • Up to 10 hours at the professional activities rate

  • Sample schedule

G4E Presentation

  • A 45 minute to 2 hour workshop that covers selected key elements

  • Can be used as an introduction or promotion of a Book Study.

  • Sample Presentation

Interested? Contact dmcdowell@guhsd.net