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State Superintendent Thurmond announces new grading guidance for student progress in distance learning

Tony Thurmond, California Department of Education
Posted at 7:17 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 22:17:37-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced the release of guidelines that address grading student progress and the ongoing issue of equity in distance and hybrid learning environments.

“As the majority of California’s public schools continue to respond to distance learning needs, we should reflect on how student progress is measured and consider how to shift to more equitable grading systems and policies, whether the instructional setting is in-person, virtual, or hybrid,” Thurmond said. “This is an opportunity to make a significant change.”The new guidance includes research-based approaches to grading that may be especially helpful if students are not in class and access to technology and learning supports may be unequal. These include replacing grading quantities, such as the extent to which students have completed assignments, with grading qualities in student work that reflect students’ current achievement level at the time, and using flexibility in timing the collection of evidence for grading decisions so students are graded on the learning they do, not when they do it."