Secondary Grading Practices

  • With the transition March 30 to continuous learning opportunities for all students provided largely through e-learning, Lawrence Public Schools wants to provide some guidance to secondary students and families about grading practices to be used.

    In keeping with the Kansas Continuous Learning Task Force’s recommendations and the plans of other large Kansas school districts in our area, Lawrence Public Schools has determined that students’ third-quarter grades will count as their second-semester grades, unless they complete assignments and/or learning activities during the next eight weeks to improve their semester grade.

    This practice takes into consideration the health and well-being of students considering the global health crisis surrounding COVID-19, students’ access to reliable technology and internet connectivity, and any additional responsibilities students may have in the home or at work. These practices will enable students to prioritize and focus on the knowledge, skills, and classes they want, need, and would like to improve.  

    This practice will apply to AP coursework.

    Exceptions to this practice are Jayhawk Blueprint or other courses supervised by other institutions, such as KU, Johnson and Neosho County Community Colleges, etc.
    We recognize this is a unique grading practice. It takes into account the unprecedented challenges students and families are facing in light of the COVID-19 public health crisis. We do not wish to penalize students for a situation that is clearly outside of their control.

    Watch this video of high school student-journalists discussing secondary grading practices with district and school administrators.