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Fort Bend ISD campuses will remain closed for the rest of the school year, Superintendent Charles Dupre said Tuesday, becoming the region’s first traditional district to declare its facilities will not re-open this spring. view article arw

(AP) — A home version of the SAT college entrance exam is being prepared in case schools remain closed into the fall, College Board officials said Wednesday as they announced the cancellation of June testing.  Instead of a paper-and-pencil test given under proctors’ supervision, the home version would be digital and rely on “remote proctoring.” That could include using the computer’s camera and microphone to monitor movement or talking, College Board President Jeremy Singer said on a conference call with reporters. view article arw

Ever since UT made changes to grading systems for this semester, academic advisors have been sending out emails explaining how students can switch their classes to a pass/fail grading system.   In those same emails, advisors from the College of Natural Science urge pre-meds and students in other pre-health tracks to take their classes for letter grades because graduate schools don’t view it favorably when applicants pass/fail medical pre-requisite classes, like biology, physics and organic chemistry.  view article arw

Instead of the normal numeric or letter grade system, Denton ISD announced Monday its teachers would begin grading students on a modified pass/fail system.  The University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University previously announced similar optional models for students.  Beginning Monday, middle and high school students will receive one of three determinations for their classes: pass/showing progress, did not pass, missing.  Students who earned a grade below 70 in the most recent grading period might have the opportunity to “demonstrate proficiency and earn credit for the semester,” according to the district’s announcement. view article arw

Paint Rock ISD will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year due to the coronavirus pandemic  The decision, announced Monday evening by Paint Rock superintendent Ron Cline, was made "out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety and well-being of its students, parents, teachers and staff."  The district’s teachers and staff will continue to provide online and long-distance instruction as well as meal services for students, according to the release. view article arw

Superintendent Scott Muri said during the board of trustees workshop Tuesday that the district wants this to be a do no harm period of time.  The meeting was held via telephone and Vice President Delma Abalos was absent.  The last time students were present in class was March 5, Muri said, so whatever a student’s grade was at that time, they can’t do any worse. view article arw

Clarendon CISD Trustees approved a new school grading policy when they met in regular session Monday night, April 13.  The school board met in person in the Administration & Technology Building but distanced themselves around the conference room instead of sitting together at the board table as usual.  The board considered and approved the grading policy as presented to govern how students will be scored while the school campuses are closed for the COVID-19 outbreak.  “Our teachers are being held accountable, so it’s important that students be held accountable also,” Superintendent Jerod Bellar told the Enterprise Tuesday. “We want to extend grace to students during this time, and we understand that students have varying levels of support and instructional resources at home.” view article arw

BRYAN, Tex, (KBTX) -- Bryan ISD has announced new graduation dates and times amid the coronavirus pandemic.  All graduations will be at Merrill Green Stadium. The dates below represent the original time frame with some slight adjustments in days and times:  Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:00 p.m. Mary Catherine Harris High School  Thursday, May 21, 2020 8:00 p.m. Bryan Collegiate High School  Friday, May 22, 2020 8:00 p.m. Travis Bryan High School  Saturday, May 23, 2020 8:00 p.m. James Earl Rudder High School  Sunday, May 24, 2020 Rain Make-up for any school as needed view article arw

With students learning from home until at least May 4, Bridgeport ISD implemented a pass/fail grading policy for grades 3 through 12 to conclude the semester.  Students will either receive a grade of 100 for passing or a 65 for failing, the district announced Tuesday morning during a digital school board meeting.  “We don’t want eLearning to negatively impact students in any way,” Bridgeport Assistant Superintendent Adam Hile said. “Our plan is to move to a pass fail system for the remainder of the semester.” view article arw

As schools remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some students have gone missing. Austin ISD says they are having trouble getting students in the virtual classrooms. The district says that as they enter the second week of remote learning, there are kids that haven’t attended the sessions. view article arw

MIDLAND, Texas — Midland ISD has rolled out its progress monitoring system to ensure students continue to learn amid the COVID-19 school shutdown.  The system is part of the district's Phase 3 of planning. This phase includes the use of Google Classroom.  This new monitoring system, which went into place on April 13, will measure students' academic progress by their mastery of the assigned objectives. view article arw

Dallas ISD students may not have their spring semester grades factored into their GPA or class rank, if the board of trustees approves a resolution that was proposed Thursday. Trustees will vote on the resolution later this month.  Dallas ISD has been included in the urban school discussion for the state, and other districts are making similar changes, said Chief Academic Officer Dr. Ivonne Durant during Thursday's meeting. view article arw

Wichita Falls ISD students will receive progress or no-progress kinds of grades for the last semester this school year under a proposal trustees approved Tuesday during a special meeting.  In addition, the district will not give final examinations.   WFISD trustees gave the thumbs up to allow Superintendent Michael Kuhrt to temporarily adjust the grading policy for the end of the school year since the COVID-19 response shuttered campuses in Texas at least through May 4. view article arw

Although it still plans on graduating the class of 2020 on time, Conroe ISD has finalized alternative summer dates for graduation, according to a April 13 Facebook livestream by Superintendent Curtis Null.  Null said the district plans to return to campuses in time to have graduation as planned, with ceremonies beginning May 21. The only change is with Caney Creek High School, which has been moved to May 26 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion due to Sam Houston University canceling all graduations. These graduations may be altered with reduced or no audiences, which Null said is not ideal.  “If we can have graduation in any way in May, we will have it in May,” Null said. “Because we have no idea what the future will hold.” view article arw

Drive-thru graduation ceremonies are among the options Frisco ISD is considering for its graduating senior class, according to Superintendent Mike Waldrip. He updated the board of trustees at an April 7 meeting with three possible plans for graduation.  Plan A moves forward with 10 normal graduation ceremonies on their scheduled dates, Waldrip said at the meeting. This plan would occur should FISD return to school on May 4 and finish out the school year.  In-person classes for FISD schools are suspended through May 1 following action by Gov. Greg Abbott for all public schools due to the coronavirus outbreak. view article arw

Typically, valedictorian and salutatorian honors would go to the highest-ranking students in the graduating class. However, this afternoon, the CCISD School Board approved allowing the district's superintendent to determine those honors, which will affect seniors who are currently applying to college and graduating soon. view article arw

About 200 Frenship High School juniors received their class rings Thursday.  The district put on a drive-thru ring ceremony to honor the class of 2021. The students went to the high school with their rings delivered curbside, while teachers and staff celebrated in the parking lot.  Tigers say they're looking forward to getting back into the class room for their senior years. view article arw

Dallas school officials outlined at Thursday’s board briefing how they will determine grades for the rest of the semester after shutting down schools because of the coronavirus pandemic. Trustees are expected to give Superintendent Michael Hinojosa the leeway to adjust the district’s grading system at the April 23 board meeting.  Overall, the grades for this semester will amount to a pass/fail system. Grade averages and class rankings for high school students will be based on the first semester’s averages. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Wichita Falls ISD Superintendent Michael Kuhrt is reminding students that there is still schoolwork to be done, even if it is all online.  The district sent a reminder explaining how crucial it is to keep up on assignments.  Superintendent Kuhrt said students still need to complete work in order to move onto the next grade level next year.  Seniors also still need to complete course credits if they want to graduate. view article arw

The COVID-19 pandemic has canceled high school graduations and proms across the country, giving seniors a bittersweet end to their high school career.  For high school juniors, though, the cancelation of classes and college admission tests, like the SAT, are proving stressful for many students.  "I acknowledge that our juniors are also in a precarious position, because it's that time between their junior and senior year where they really start thinking about college to go to and making applications,” said Dr. Mike Looney, superintendent of Fulton County Schools in Georgia. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - With only six weeks left in the school year, Iowa Park CISD is switching to pass-fail only.  The superintendent of the school district said the last few weeks hasn’t been the easiest on his students, parents and staff.  “The virus pandemic really puts all of us in challenging positions that we have not been part of before,” said Steve Moody. It's why he's hoping transitioning to pass-fail for the last six weeks of school will help ease any concerns people may be feeling about school. view article arw

Every school year, Advanced Placement teachers work to prepare their students for the College Board AP exams — an intense, in-person test spanning hours that requires focus and time management in addition to subject knowledge and ability.  However, the process will be different this year for the 4,041 Humble ISD students enrolled in at least one of 26 AP course options, as the coronavirus continues to limit in-person interactions, said Chief Communications Officer Jamie Mount. view article arw

DALLAS - As parents try to navigate online learning with schools across Texas closed, North Texas school districts are trying to meet the needs of students who speak English as a second language.  Online learning has been an adjustment for students and teachers, but several local districts are taking an extra step to try and make sure they continue to connect with all of their student body, including ESL students.     view article arw

RUSK — Good news for Rusk High School seniors.  The Rusk Independent School District has announced new dates for College Decision Day and the annual Prom.  College Decision Day will take place on May 1 and will be done online via video slideshow.  Seniors that have been accepted into a university, technical school, junior college or that have enlisted in the military are asked to send a copy of their acceptance letter, along with a picture of themselves and their letter, to Mr. Crawford Reyes no later than April 17.  The annual Rusk High School Prom has a new date. view article arw

RED OAK, TX – While we are remote/distant learning during the coronavirus concerns, we want to celebrate, now more than ever, our amazing Red Oak ISD parents with our annual Parent of the Year awards.  “The event was canceled, but it is vital to honor these moms and dads who were nominated by their children,” stated Superintendent Brenda Sanford. “The nomination letters were touching, heart-warming, emotional, and full of love. We couldn’t be prouder of our students and their outstanding parent nominees.” view article arw

HARLINGEN — The Harlingen school district is releasing its first progress reports since the COVID-19 pandemic began.  It’s a small milestone for the district’s new School@Home program developed in the initial days of the stay-at-home order.  Students who have been taking courses online have been able to turn in their work promptly for teachers to grade and state their progress. However, students without access have been picking up instructional packets, and they won’t be turned in until Thursday.  That makes grading a little hard, said Lori Romero, assistant superintendent for elementary education. view article arw

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - As the number of COVID-19 patients continues to increase across the South Plains, many people at home are doing all they can to find ways to stop the spread. Many times, that includes making homemade masks, either from scarves, or something as simple as a shop towel.  However, for 17-year-old Mark Dannemiller, it wasn’t enough for him to work to stop the spread, he wanted to help those already infected.  So, he did that through the best way he knew how, through engineering.  “He decided instead of sitting at home and playing X-box and play station, that he would do this, ” said parents Mark and Sandra Dannemiller. And “this” was no small task. view article arw

Eanes ISD announced updated grading guidelines April 7 as students continue studying through the newly developed remote learning platform.  In an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, all district facilities remain closed until further notice, according to a statement from Superintendent Tom Leonard on the district’s website.  The guidelines were developed by a team of counselors, curriculum staff, principals and special education staff. According to the district, these guidelines are in line with the board of trustees’ policy and therefore will not require board approval. view article arw

This is the time of year when we’re usually gearing up for end-of-year school celebrations — milestones that are part of our American culture and mark the promise of things to come.  We join our community in lamenting that nothing is as we knew it before the coronavirus pandemic ravaged our land and changed every aspect of our lives. Sadly, there will be no proms this year. High school and college graduations have been canceled across the country. There will be no pictures from Sweet 16 parties or quinceañeras over the next few weeks for reminiscing years from now.  These are disappointing losses for thousands of young people who looked forward to what we know were significant events in our lives. The experiences we have in life shape us, enrich us and give us purpose. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas - In a Monday night board meeting, Austin ISD trustees passed a series of resolutions, one of them changing how grades are recorded this spring, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “For all classes that began during the spring semester of the 2019-2020 school year, all students' grades will be recorded and reported as pass or incomplete. Transcripts will denote a course credit as pass or incomplete,” said Trustee Cindy Anderson, at-large position 8. view article arw

Arlington ISD and the University of Texas at Arlington will each adopt a pass/fail grading system to accommodate students for learning interruptions and campus closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. view article arw

Plano ISD made a series of detailed changes Tuesday regarding how grades are calculated in light of the new online learning system brought on by school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. The district clarified the changes Wednesday on its website. view article arw

Highland Park ISD administration announced during an April 7 work session a plan to use a credit/no credit, or pass/fail, model for student grading during the remote learning period caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Highland Park ISD Superintendent Tom Trigg said there’s a “real possibility” students won’t return to class this school year. view article arw

Frisco ISD students in Advanced Placement courses can take their exams for college credit online and at home following changes by the College Board for the 2019-20 school year.  All AP exams will be taken at home by students using a laptop, desktop, digital tablet or cellphone with internet access, according to the College Board website. The exams will be open-resource and timed at 45 minutes with an additional five minutes for uploading documents for test submission. view article arw

Drive-thru graduation ceremonies are among the options Frisco ISD is considering for its graduating senior class, according to Superintendent Mike Waldrip.  He updated the board of trustees at an April 7 meeting with three possible plans for graduation.  Plan A moves forward with 10 normal graduation ceremonies on their scheduled dates, Waldrip said at the meeting. This plan would occur should FISD return to school on May 4 and finish out the school year.  In-person classes for FISD schools are suspended through May 1 following action by Gov. Greg Abbott for all public schools due to the coronavirus outbreak. view article arw