STUDENT HANDBOOK CHANGES EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY 08142009 by vos69278

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									                          STUDENT HANDBOOK CHANGES

                     EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: 08/14/2009



Important Note: All printed language to be deleted is printed in red strikeout. All new/revised language
is printed in blue. All deletions and revisions are effective immediately.




Page 28: Grading Policy - The first paragraph of printed text under Grading Policy currently found in the
Student Handbook reads as follows.

Grading Policy -- The Humble Independent School District affirms its stand on academic emphasis in the
grading procedures. The report card denotes progress. Below level and/or modifications in the academic
program are noted on the card.


The revised wording of the first paragraph has the following text (identified in blue) inserted.


Grading Policy -- The Humble Independent School District affirms its stand on academic emphasis in the
grading procedures. The actual grade reflecting the student’s relative mastery of an assignment will be
recorded. However, for six-weeks (secondary) and nine-weeks (elementary) grades, no grade below 50
will be recorded. The report card denotes progress. Below level and/or modifications in the academic
program are noted on the card.


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Page 28: Reteaching Policy – The three (3) paragraphs of printed text under Reteaching Policy currently
found in the Student Handbook reads as follows. All three paragraphs are to be deleted in their entirety.


Reteaching Policy
The District’s re-teaching-reassessment policy shall ensure that students have an opportunity to master the
district’s curricular objectives. Re-teaching shall be integrated into lessons during guided practice and may
be a part of the explanation phase when checking for understanding is done.

After re-teaching, teachers may use a variety of reassessment techniques to determine mastery. If a teacher
chooses to retest individuals to determine mastery, the higher of the two grades shall be used in calculating
the grade cycle average; however, no grade higher than a 70 shall be recorded for the retest.

When 50 percent or more of the students in a class fail to achieve 70 percent mastery on a test, students
shall have an opportunity to improve their grades through retesting. Both grades shall be recorded, but the
higher of the two grades shall be computed to determine the grade cycle average.
Replacing the deleted paragraphs is the following language, which is consistent with the language found on
page 34 of the Student Handbook.
Reteaching and Reassessment
The intent of Humble Independent School District’s re-teaching reassessment policy is to ensure that
students have an opportunity to master the District’s curricular objectives. Re-teaching in the District may
be integrated into lessons during guided practice and may be a part of the explanation phase when
checking for understanding is done. The teacher will determine when re-teaching should be scheduled. For
critical skills, it will be done immediately; for recurring skills, it may be deferred.
After re-teaching, the teacher may use a variety of reassessment techniques to determine mastery. These
techniques may include oral questioning, observation, retesting, demonstration, an additional assignment,
or an alternative for the assignment. This applies to all forms of assessment.

Reassessing Groups
An entire class or group will be re-taught and reassessed when the teacher determines that half (50%) or
more of the class have failed to perform at mastery level (70%). The higher of the two grades shall be
recorded for each class member.

Reassessing Individuals
Individual campuses have developed reassessment policies that are supportive of academic achievement.
Please visit your student’s campus website for additional information regarding individual reassessment
policies.




Page 29: Late Work Policy – The paragraphs of printed text under Late Work Policy currently found in
the Student Handbook read as follows. The paragraphs are to be deleted in their entirety.


Late Work Policy
The Humble Independent School District affirms its stand on academic emphasis in its grading policy. No
grade below 50 will be used in averaging grades unless a zero is recorded for cheating or for failure to turn
in work. The actual grade earned shall be recorded for record keeping and conferencing purposes but not
for averaging. Assignments or tests turned in with name only or with no evidence of attempting to do work
will be given a zero.
For students in grades 3, 4, and 5, any assignment not submitted upon the request of the teacher will be
considered late work. Fifteen (15) points shall be deducted from the grade earned for each day the
assignment is late. A grade of 50 is the lowest grade that will be recorded if the completed assignment is
turned in within three (3) days. A grade of zero (0) will be recorded if the completed assignment has not
been turned in by the end of the third day. Homework or late work that has been faxed to the campus
will not be accepted.


Replacing the deleted paragraphs is the following language, which is consistent with the language found on
page 34 of the Student Handbook.


Late Work Policy
Assignments and tests must be completed and turned in on the assigned date in order to receive full credit.
Individual campuses have developed late work policies that are supportive of academic achievement.
Please visit your student’s campus website for additional information regarding late work policies.
Page 31: Determining Grades – The printed text under Determining Grades currently found in the Student
Handbook reads as follows. The last paragraph is to be deleted in its entirety.


Determining Grades
Grades are based on combinations of the following:
              Tests administered during the grading period
              Notebooks, reports, and other class projects
              Classroom participation, daily work, and homework
              Quality of work
              Promptness in fulfilling assignments

No test or assignment will count more than one-fourth (25%) of the six-weeks/nine-weeks average.

Other than the comprehensive final exam grade, a six-weeks average or the semester average, no grade
below 50 will be used in averaging grades unless a zero is recorded for cheating or failure to turn in work.
The actual grade earned will be recorded for record-keeping and conferencing purposes, but not for
averaging.
Assignments or tests turned in with name only or with no evidence of attempting to do work will be
given a zero.


The following revised language replaces the deleted text.


Determining Grades
Grades are based on combinations of the following:
              Tests administered during the grading period
              Notebooks, reports, and other class projects
              Classroom participation, daily work, and homework
              Quality of work
              Promptness in fulfilling assignments

No test or assignment will count more than one-fourth (25%) of the six-weeks/nine-weeks average.
For six-weeks/nine-weeks grades, no grade below 50 will be recorded.



Page 34 Reassessing Individuals - The paragraph of printed text under Reassessing Individuals currently
found in the Student Handbook reads as follows. The paragraph is to be deleted in its entirety.

Reassessing Individuals
If a teacher chooses to reassess individuals to determine mastery, the higher of the two grades will be used
in calculating the six-week average; however, no grade higher than a 70% shall be recorded for the
reassessment. This does not apply to final exams.

Replacing the deleted paragraph is the following language, which is consistent with the revised language to
be incorporated on page 28 of the Student Handbook.


Reassessing Individuals
Individual campuses have developed reassessment policies that are supportive of academic achievement.
Please visit your student’s campus website for additional information regarding individual reassessment
policies.

								
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