Grading and Progress Reports
Lake Washington School District believes that the cooperation of school and home is a vital ingredient in the growth and education of the student and recognizes the responsibility to keep parents informed of student welfare and progress in school.
The issuance of grades and progress reports on a regular basis serves as the basis for continuous evaluation of the student's performance and determining changes that should be made to effect improvement. These reports shall be designed to provide information that shall be helpful to the student, teacher, counselor and parent. Any exceptions to the district's reporting system must receive prior approval of the superintendent or designee on or before April 1 of the year before it is to be used. Exceptions to the reporting system shall be approved only on a yearly basis.
The district shall comply with the marking/grading system incorporated into the statewide standardized high school transcript. A student's grade point shall be reported both individually and cumulatively for each term.
The Board directs the superintendent to establish a system of reporting student progress and shall require all staff members to comply with such a system as part of their teaching responsibility.
At the beginning of each term, each teacher shall specify in writing the student learning objectives for his/her respective courses. If participation is used as the basis of mastery of an objective, a student's grades may be adversely affected provided on that day there was a graded participation activity. If the teacher does not so advise students in writing, the teacher may not use attendance and participation in the grading process. Individual students who feel that an unjust application of attendance or tardiness factors has been made, may follow the appeal process for resolving the differences.
A student's grade report may be withheld until such time the student pays for any school property that has been lost or willfully damaged. Upon payment for damages or the equivalency through voluntary work, the grade report shall be released. The student or his/her parents may appeal the imposition of a charge for damages to the superintendent.
The school district shall provide for written regulations concerning the administration of student tests including standardized tests, personality tests, and tests and questionnaires both oral and written that illicit personal beliefs or practices of a student or his parents. Regulations shall include written procedures by which parents or legal guardians of a student may become acquainted with the nature of the student tests.