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Grading and Report Cards

In order for HISD students to be promoted to the next grade level, they must show that they have learned what the State of Texas requires of all public school children. HISD “Promotion Standards” generally include classroom grades and a local or state test. Details about the standards are available online through your child’s school.
 
Grading and Report Cards  2015–2016
 
Academic Subjects Conduct
90–100 = excellent E = excellent
80–89 = good; above average S = satisfactory
75–79 = satisfactory; average P = poor; below average
70–74 = passing; below average U = unsatisfactory
below 70 = unsatisfactory; failing
 
Grade Classification
 
In high school, a student’s total credits determine the student’s classification—i.e., what grade level or “year” the student is in. Board of Education policy concerning classification is described in HISD Board Policy EIE(LOCAL).
 
Credits Earned Classification (year)
0–5.5 grade 9 (freshman)
6–11.5 grade 10 (sophomore)
12–17.5 grade 11 (junior)
18 or more grade 12 (senior)
Grades and Extracurricular Activities
 
Under the state’s “no pass/no play” law, eligibility for participation in extracurricular activities during the first six weeks of the school year is determined by a student’s grades from the final grading cycle of the previous school year or the number of credits earned during the previous school year. After the first six weeks, a student who receives a grade lower than 70 (or the equivalent) in any academic course is ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities during the first three school weeks of the next grading period. During that time the student may continue to practice or rehearse with other students but may not take part in any competition or public performance.
 
2015-2016 Nine-Week Grading Periods (used in elementary schools and certain secondary schools)
First Grading Period: August 24 to October 23
Second Grading Period: October 26 to December 18
Third Grading Period: January 5 to March 11
Fourth Grading Period: March 21 to May 25 
 
Elementary schools (and certain secondary schools) send report cards to parents four times during the year, shortly after the end of each nine-week grading period: October 30, January 8, March 24, and May 25 (elementary and middle schools) and June 1 (high schools).
 
2015-2016 Six-Week Grading Periods (used in most secondary schools)
First Grading Period: August 24 to October 1
Second Grading Period: October 5 to November 6
Third Grading Period: November 9 to December 18
Fourth Grading Period: January 5 to February 12
Fifth Grading Period: February 15 to April 1
Sixth Grading Period: April 4 to May 25 
 
Most middle schools and high schools (and certain elementary schools) send report cards to parents six times during the year, shortly after the end of each six-week grading period: October 9, November 13, January 8, February 19, April 8, and May 25 (elementary and middle schools) and June 1 (high schools). Certain middle schools and high schools, however, observe nine-week grading periods; see the schedule for elementary schools above. If a student is not progressing satisfactorily, parents receive a preliminary report at the midpoint of the grading period and at other times as necessary. Parents must sign and return the reports.
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