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Grading - CUSD Board Policy

Carlsbad USD |  5000 |  AR  5121  Students

Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement


Grades for Achievement

For grades 6-12, grades for achievement shall be reported for each marking period as follows:

  • A (90-100%) Outstanding Achievement 4.0 grade points

  • B (80-89%) Above Average Achievement 3.0 grade points

  • C (70-79%) Average Achievement 2.0 grade points

  • D (60-69%) Below Average Achievement 1.0 grade points

  • F (0-59%) Little or No Achievement 0 grade points

  • I Incomplete 0 grade points

Whenever it becomes evident to a teacher that a student is in danger of failing a course, the teacher shall arrange a conference with the student's parent/guardian or send the parent/guardian a written report. (Education Code 49067)

  • (cf. 5123- Promotion/Acceleration/Retention)

  • (cf. 5124- Communication with Parents/Guardians)

An Incomplete is given only when a student's work is not finished because of illness or other excused absence. If not made up within six weeks, the Incomplete shall become an F.

Because of the more vigorous nature of Advanced Placement and honors courses, students receiving a grade of A, B, or C in those courses shall receive extra grade weighting as follows:

  • A (90-100%) Outstanding Achievement 5.0 grade points

  • B (80-89%) Above Average Achievement 4.0 grade points

  • C (70-79%) Average Achievement 3.0 grade points


Grades for Physical Education

No grade of a student participating in a physical education class may be adversely affected due to the fact that the student, because of circumstances beyond his/her control, does not wear standardized physical education apparel. (Education Code 49066)

Student performance in high school physical education courses shall be based upon evaluation of the student's individual progress, attainment of goals in each instructional area, tests designed to determine skill and knowledge, and physical performance tests.

(cf. 6142.7- Physical Education)


Grades for Citizenship and Effort

Grades for citizenship and effort shall be reported each marking period as follows:

  • O Outstanding

  • S Satisfactory

  • N Needs Improvement


Pass/Fail Grading

The Superintendent or designee may identify courses or programs for which students may, with parent/guardian permission, elect to earn a Pass or Fail grade instead of an A-F grade.

Students who receive a Pass grade shall acquire the appropriate semester units of credit for the course. The grade shall not be counted in determining class rank, honors list, or membership in the California Scholarship Federation. Students who receive an F grade shall not receive credit for taking the course.


Repeating Classes

With the approval of the principal or designee, a student may repeat a course in order to raise his/her grade. Both grades received shall be entered on the student's transcript, but the student shall receive credit only once for taking the course.

The highest grade received shall be used in determining the student's overall grade point average (GPA).


Withdrawal from Classes

A student who drops a course during the first four weeks of the semester may do so without any entry on his/her permanent record card. A student who drops a course after the first 20 hours of instruction per semester shall receive an F grade on his/her permanent record, unless otherwise decided by the principal or designee because of extenuating circumstances.


Absences from School

Teachers who withhold class credit because of excessive unexcused absences shall so inform the class and parents/guardians at the beginning of the semester.

When an unexcused absence occurs, the student and parent/guardian shall again be notified of the district's policy regarding excessive unexcused absences.

(cf. 5113- Absences and Excuses)

The student and parent/guardian shall have a reasonable opportunity to explain the absences. (Education Code 49067)

If a student receives a failing grade because of unexcused absences, the student's record shall specify that the grade was assigned because of excessive unexcused absences. (Education Code 49067)

(cf. 5125- Student Records)

Grades for a student in foster care shall not be lowered if the student is absent from school due to either of the following circumstances: (Education Code 49069.5)

  1. A decision by a court or placement agency to change the student's placement, in which case the student's grades and credits shall be calculated as of the date the student left school

  2. A verified court appearance or related court-ordered activity


approved: July 26, 2006 Carlsbad, California

revised: January 13, 2010