SWISD Distance Grading Guidelines

We are aware that parents are wondering about grades and how distance learning will affect their child’s grades and grade point averages. The following guidelines are intended to ensure that students continue to receive high quality instruction in the distance learning environment by providing direction regarding number of assignments and/or grades per week. *These are subject to change based on communication from the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

District Distance Learning Grading Guidelines for Elementary School:


● Students will be assigned 2 graded tasks in math, science/social studies, reading and language arts each week. Assignments will be posted throughout the week and due at the end of the week. (Other subject areas will continue to be monitored for progress).
● Grading guidelines will include documented efforts from teacher & daily interaction with students.
● Administrative and Counselor support will be available as needed.
● For now, the focus will be on essential grade-level milestones and grades will be assigned as Completed, In Progress, or Incomplete.
● Grades should reflect participation, with attention to the mastery of TEKS/skills and be graded based on work submitted, flexibility will be provided on due dates and students should not be penalized for late assignments.
● Students not completing distance learning will be asked to complete an instructional recovery program to recapture lost learning.

District Distance Learning Grading Guidelines for Middle School Courses:

The information outlined below is for middle school courses only and does not apply to high school credit courses taught in middle school.
● All submitted assignments and assessments will be considered formative and weighted equally.
● Assignments//learning tasks will be provided each week, a maximum of 2 grades will be given per week. Assignments will be posted throughout the week and due at the end of the week.
● Administrative and Counselor support will be available as needed.
● Grades should reflect participation, with attention to the mastery of TEKS/skills and be assigned based on work submitted, flexibility will be provided on due dates and students should not be penalized for late assignments.
● Students will keep grades before spring break. Students failing prior to spring break will have an opportunity to make up work. Students not completing distance learning will be asked to complete an instructional recovery program to recapture lost learning.

District Distance Learning Grading Guidelines for High School Courses:

The information outlined below is for high school courses only and does not apply to Dual Credit courses. (Alamo College Grading System)
● All graded assignments will be considered formative and weighted equally.
● Assignments/learning tasks will be provided each week, a maximum of 2 grades will be given per week. Assignments will be posted at the beginning of the week and due at the end of the week.
● Administrative and Counselor support will be available as needed.
● Grades should reflect participation with attention to the mastery of TEKS/skills and be assigned based on work submitted; flexibility will be provided on due dates and students should not be penalized for late assignments.
● Student failure decisions will occur after the closure of distance learning. Further information will be forthcoming. Students not completing distance learning will be asked to complete an instructional recovery program to recapture lost learning and earn credit.