At the December 2021 Board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a waiver to specific ACP policy language to ensure student semester grades are not negatively impacted by Fall ACP results.
Currently, EIA (LOCAL) requires the ACP to count for a percentage of the student’s semester average (15% of a high school, 10% of a middle school and 5% for elementary). Understanding that the impact of the pandemic will require additional time to accelerate learning, it is our intention to hold students harmless during the recovery process.
To ensure students are held harmless by the Fall ACP results and to ensure that teachers, leaders, and the District retain key data to inform instructional support decisions, the following protocol will be implemented:
- The Fall ACP grade will be included in the semester grade calculation only if it helps the students’ semester average (i.e. only if the ACP will bring the semester average up).
- The Fall ACP will NOT be included in the semester grade calculation if it will harm the students’ semester average (i.e., the ACP will bring the semester average down). In this scenario, the students’ semester grades will be determined by averaging the first two grading periods of the semester.
This ensures that students receive the most benefit related to semester average calculation while maintaining the focus on using data to improve future achievement outcomes.
Other Things to Note
- Principals and teachers would continue to get the ACP data aligned with STAAR projections to plan for Spring semester instructional adjustments at the campus level.
- Student grades would only be positively impacted by this proposal, they could not be made worse.
- The final grade for the semester, whether it includes the ACP or waives the ACP based on this protocol, will still be utilized to determine class rank calculations for applicable courses per EIC (Exhibit B).
At this point, no proposal is being made for Spring ACP inclusion in semester grades. Any discussion on the Spring will come at a later date.