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COVID-19 Final Exam and Grading Policies

Spring 2020 Final Exam Information for Exam Day

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Grading Policy - Spring 2020:

  • Grading - Students should expect a letter grade in all core classes (Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Theology, World Language). For elective classes, students will have the opportunity to view their final course grades at the end of the semester, and then choose whether to accept their letter grades or elect a pass/no credit option. Those receiving a letter grade of A through D can choose to receive a pass (P); those receiving an F grade can choose to receive a no credit (NC). Pass and no-credit grades will have no effect on a student’s grade point average. Students may make this choice for their elective courses only. For more information on types of classes and how they will be graded, please see the chart below.

Final Exam Policy - Spring 2020: 

  • Students (grades 9-12) who are earning at least a B- (79.5% or higher) will not be required to take the final exam in their core classes (Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Theology, World Language).

  • Students (grades 9-12) who are earning lower than a B- (79.4% or lower) will be required to take the final exam in their core classes (Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Theology, World Language). However, the exam can only improve the grade and cannot lower the grade. 

  • Any student who wishes to take the final exam, even if not required, may still do so. The exam can only improve the grade and cannot lower the grade. However, students who are earning a 92.5% or higher will not be permitted to take the exam, as their letter grade cannot improve anymore. The reasoning for this policy is to better ensure test security. 

  • Grade checks to determine final exam requirements will be May 6 for students in grade 12 and May 13 for students in grades 9-11. 

  • Students in grades 9-11 who are enrolled in core classes with at least one senior will take their final exams for those classes during senior finals on May 11-13. These students will be subject to the May 6 grade check. 

  • Seniors who must/wish to take final exams will take their exams on May 11-13. Underclassmen who must/wish to take the final exams will take their exams May 18-20. 

  • Social Studies, Science, Theology, Math, and English will give a timed exam through Canvas or ExamSoft. World Languages will utilize an oral presentation/project. 

  • AP classes may still give a practice AP exam as a final prior to official final exam dates. This serves as another opportunity for students to practice ahead of the AP exam. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): 

  1. For an elective course, when can I choose to keep my grade or pick the pass/no credit option? This step won't officially take place until after grades are finalized and will happen between the student and his/her counselor. Teachers will submit all student grades to be entered on a preliminary transcript. Once preliminary transcripts have been released, students will contact his/her counselor if they elect to change the grade to pass/no credit. 

  2. For an elective course, do I have to take the final exam or do the final project? Unlike core classes, students cannot be exempted from a final project in an elective. Regardless of their grade, students must complete the final project. 

  3. If I have accommodations, what should I do? Teachers will be given a list of students who have accommodations for extra time. In contrast to previous semesters, students will not have to sign up for extra time, but it will be built into the time allowed for the Examsoft or Canvas test for those with this accommodation. 

  4. What if I am enrolled in a fourth-year World Language class? Is this an elective or a core class? All World Language courses, regardless of level, are considered core classes and will be given a letter grade.  

  5. Are there any elective courses for which the pass/no credit option does not apply? There are four additional classes required to graduate Summa Cum Laude:  Honors Argumentation & Rhetoric, Honors Philosophy, Focus: Honors Seminar, and Focus: Honors Research.  Because these classes are required and are factored into your qualifying NDP GPA for Graduating with Distinction, they must be taken for a letter grade – the Pass option is not allowed. Also, all Dual-Enrollment classes must be taken for a letter grade. 

  6. If I have questions about final exams, who should I contact? First, contact your teacher. If further assistance is needed, please contact your counselor. If further assistance is needed, please contact the Assistant Principal for Academics

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