After considering feedback from students and parents, the Idaho Falls Board of Trustees last night voted to give high school students the option to request that grades appear on their transcripts for some classes completed during the school closure rather than a Pass or a P.
When the State Board of Education imposed a statewide soft closure for schools this spring, D91 outlined its grading guidelines for third trimester work. Under those guidelines, high school students would earn high school credits by successfully completing an end-of-course assessment (ECA). Students who successfully passed the ECA would receive a Pass or a P on their transcript while students who did not would receive an Incomplete or an I. With the board’s action, students can now:
- Request that grades for dual enrollment or concurrent enrollment classes appear on their high school transcript.
- Request that grades for classes completed through the Idaho Digital Learning Alliance (IDLA) appear on their high school transcript.
- Request that grades for AP classes appear on their high school transcript based on the scores students receive on the national AP Exam.
More information on how students can make those requests will be available in the next few days.
Board members also discussed establishing an appeals process that would allow students to request that grades from other classes also appear on their high school transcripts. The district is convening a committee of teachers, administrators and parents to help establish that appeals process, including the criteria that could be used to determine grades where assignments were not graded during the school closure. A proposal for the appeals process will be completed in time for the board’s next meeting on June 24. More information about the appeals process will be shared as soon as the details are finalized.
We understand some parents, patrons and staff experienced technical issues when they tried to call into last night’s board meeting or access the livestream. We apologize for the inconvenience. A recording of last night’s meeting is now available on the district’s website at www.ifschools.org.