The Board of Education believes that grades serve a valuable instructional purpose by helping students and parents/guardians understand performance expectations and identifying the student’s areas of strength and those areas needing improvement. Parents/ guardians and students have the right to receive course grades that represent an accurate evaluation of the student’s achievement. Principals and teachers shall ensure that student grades are based on standards that apply to all students in that course and grade level.

Teachers shall inform students and parents/guardians how student achievement will be evaluated in the classroom. A teacher shall base a student’s grades solely on the quality of the student’s academic work and his/her mastery of course content based on district standards. Students shall have the opportunity to demonstrate this mastery through a variety of methods, including, but not limited to, tests, projects, portfolios, and/or class discussion as appropriate.

Other elements that are not a direct measure of knowledge and understanding of course content, such as attendance, effort, student conduct, and work habits, shall not be factored into the academic grade but may be reported separately. When reporting student performance to parents/guardians, teachers may add narrative descriptions, observational notes and/or samples of classroom work in order to better describe student progress in specific skills.

(from EGUSD Innovating Education Handbook 2020)