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; failingGrade ClassificationIn 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 ActivitiesUnder 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
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 31Report CardsElementary 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:
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.
- November 2
- January 11
- March 22
- May 31