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  2018–2019

     
    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.
     
     

    2018-2019 Six-Week Grading Periods (used in most secondary schools)

     
    First Grading Period: August 27 to October 5
    Second Grading Period: October 8 to November 9 
    Third Grading Period: November 12 to December 20
    Fourth Grading Period: January 7 to February 15
    Fifth Grading Period: February 18 to April 5
    Sixth Grading Period April 8 to May 31
     
     

    Report Cards 

    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 12
    • November 16
    • January 11
    • February 22
    • April 12
    • May 31

     

    Certain middle schools and high schools, however, observe nine-week grading periods; see the schedule for elementary schools below.

    2018-2019 Nine-Week Grading Periods (used in elementary schools and certain secondary schools)

    First Grading Period: August 27 to October 26
    Second Grading Period: October 29 to December 20
    Third Grading Period: January 7 to March 8
    Fourth Grading Period: March 18 to May 31
     
    Report Cards 
     
    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:
    • November 2
    • January 11
    • March 22
    • May 31
     
    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.