Update: Plano ISD cancels comprehensive exams, adopts new grading rules during coronavirus closures

Plano ISD trustees on March 15 agreed to continue paying district employees as schools close in response to new coronavirus outbreaks across the country. (Daniel Houston/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plano ISD trustees on March 15 agreed to continue paying district employees as schools close in response to new coronavirus outbreaks across the country. (Daniel Houston/Community Impact Newspaper)

Plano ISD trustees on March 15 agreed to continue paying district employees as schools close in response to new coronavirus outbreaks across the country. (Daniel Houston/Community Impact Newspaper)

Plano ISD schools will cancel comprehensive exams for most classes at all grade levels as part of a new series of grading guidelines adopted this week.

The Plano ISD board of trustees on April 7 approved the new grading guidelines, which were crafted for the ongoing coronavirus-related school shutdowns.

In addition to not holding comprehensive exams, the district will weighing all grades equally during the fourth nine weeks in the spring 2020 semester.

Half of the spring semester weight will come from the third nine weeks, and half will come from the fourth nine weeks.

These grade adjustments will not apply to dual-credit classes, according to the policy. Grades for dual-credit courses are determined by the district’s partner, Collin College.


Schools have been closed since students left for spring break. The district extended the break an additional week then began online coursework.

Plano ISD students are beginning their third week of online instruction.

For elementary school students, the district has already begun to introduce new literacy tools that it will pair with continued assignments designed by PISD teachers.

Students at the district’s middle schools, high schools and senior high schools will see more districtwide virtual content in addition to the existing teacher-designed material.
By Daniel Houston
Daniel Houston covers Plano city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper. A Fort Worth native and Baylor University graduate, Daniel reported previously for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City and The Dallas Morning News.


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