Dripping Springs ISD opts for pass or incomplete grading system for semester

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Beginning April 13, Dripping Springs ISD students will receive numerical feedback in addition to pass-fail scores for online learning. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Beginning April 13, Dripping Springs ISD students will receive numerical feedback in addition to pass-fail scores for online learning. (Courtesy Fotolia)

While Dripping Springs ISD students continue to engage in virtual instructional activities, the district has announced it will implement pass-fail scoring through the end of its current grading period. In a letter to parents and students on the DSISD website, Superintendent Todd Washburn said students would ultimately receive a "pass" or "incomplete" for each course and would also receive numerical feedback to gauge their progress as the semester progresses.

"We believe that feedback is essential to the learning process and provides our students and parents with a way to measure how well students are learning," Washburn wrote.

Since DSISD began virtual learning, students have primarily received pass-fail scores as classes eased into a new normal. Numerical feedback will restart April 13, according to the letter.

"Each family has unique needs," Washburn wrote, "including the number of students in each household, the level of support parents can provide to their students, and the ability for students to access resources online due to device and internet limitations."

DSISD schools are currently slated to remain closed through at least May 4 in cooperation with both a state order by Gov. Greg Abbott and a Hays County "Stay Home, Work Safe" order.
By Olivia Aldridge
Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. A graduate of Presbyterian College in upstate South Carolina, Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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