The Department of Education has yet to decide on a grading system for the new academic year, The Post has learned.
Traditional letter grades were controversially scrapped for K-8 kids last year due to coronavirus turmoil and the abrupt switch to remote learning.
The DOE said those changes were temporary at the time but conceded Thursday that they have yet to revert to conventional grading given continuing COVID-19 fears.
A spokesperson said that the system will likely be adjusted again with the continuation of remote instruction this year.
“As we did last year, we will support schools in adapting their policies to acknowledge the impact of remote learning and any overarching citywide changes,” Danielle Filson said.
She said a final grading system will be revealed in the coming weeks.
“We have been full steam ahead for a reopening that prioritizes health, safety and high-quality instruction for all students,” Filson said. “Our citywide grading policy will be released soon and in the meantime schools are setting expectations for students, reviewing work, and giving feedback about progress.”
Parents clashed on grading policy during the prior academic year, with some calling for letter grades based on pre-COVID-19 performance and others pushing for less exacting reviews.
Ultimately, the DOE scrapped letter grades for kindergarten through fifth grade and replaced them with either “meets standards” or “needs improvement” evaluations.
Letter grades were also tossed for kids in grades six through eight and replaced with “meets standards,” “needs improvement” or “course in progress” descriptors.
To avoid marring their college applications, city high school students received letter grades.
Some argued last year that traditional grades were inappropriate given the upheaval wrought by the coronavirus last year and added that low-income kids had inferior remote learning experiences due to technology gaps.
Those who wanted to preserve letter grades countered that pre-COVID-19 performance and student effort should not have been discounted outright.
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