First Quarter Grades in Ascender and Report Cards
Many of you may have noticed that grades in Ascender have been a bit wonky. Part of this is due to issues on the Ascender end, which we are working with the Region 13 Educational Service Center to resolve.
You may have seen that your child was "withdrawn" from their classes at the end of the quarter and then enrolled in the same class during the same period. This is because, over the summer, we planned the Master Schedule for a "hybrid" model where 1/2 of our students would be on campus at the beginning of the week and 1/2 would be on campus at the end of the week. To accommodate this, we had two sections of a class meeting each period. The state changed COVID-19 school re-opening guidance and we did not use the "hybrid" model, but we were left with two sections in each class period.
To clean up the grade book, at the end of the quarter we combined these into one section. What this looks like, however, is that the students who were in the second section had a "schedule change" into the first section. It didn't change their teacher or class period, but it looks strange in the grade book. So if you see two classes (for example, two first period English classes) listed in the grade book, with one of them saying "withdrawn 10/19/2020," that's why. The grade for the class that does not say "withdrawn" is the official one.
This switch caused some unanticipated difficulties at the beginning of this quarter and has led to teachers having to re-enter some grades and report card comments. Report cards have been delayed by this, but should be available on Ascender by the end of the week.
Finally, on the report card you will see comments for each class that are based upon our Timely Work Completion rubric. Please take a look at the Timely Work Completion rubric so that you can better understand these comments.