FINAL COVID-19 PUPIL PROGRESSION ADDENDUM UPDATED 5-8-20

Natchitoches Parish School Board 2019-2020 COVID-19 Course Credit and Pupil Progression Guidance - Grades K-12

Continuous learning resources will continue to be uploaded to the district’s webpage under the COVID-19 tab (https://npsb.la/) and other social media platforms through May 20, 2020. These resources will support the essential skills based on the Louisiana Student Standards. They will also help to maintain progression of knowledge of grade-level and subject-area learning.

The state has determined the following for all grades:

  • Attendance and instructional minute requirements have been waived
  • Statewide assessments have been suspended for the remainder of the school year
  • The requirement to use standardized test scores when making promotion and placement decisions for students has been waived

Assessment and Reporting for Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 2

In grades Pre-K-2nd, standardized report carding will reflect the standards covered and data collected the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd nine-weeks.  Decisions made to retain students through the School Building Level Committee (SBLC) process prior to COVID-19 will remain unchanged. Summer learning opportunities will be recommended for students performing below proficiency.

In order for students to be retained, they must have been brought before SBLC (Pre-COVID). For struggling students not brought before SBLC (Pre-COVID), determine areas of deficiencies using student screeners and other data (IRLA, FNP, grades, and attendance pre-COVID) and recommend participation in student summer learning opportunities. Final placement decisions will be made by SBLC.

Assessment and Reporting for Grades 3-8

  • Adjustments have been made to the number of grading periods for the 2019-2020 school year. In order to accurately report assessed work, there will be three grading periods instead of four. Students’ final grade will be an average of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd nine weeks.
  • Middle School Carnegie unit courses: Students will receive their average through the 3rd nine weeks.
  • In order for students to be retained, they must have been brought before SBLC (Pre-COVID). For struggling students not brought before SBLC (Pre-COVID), determine areas of deficiencies using student screeners and other data (FNP, LEAP 360, grades, and attendance pre-COVID) and recommend participation in student summer learning opportunities.
  • Summer school attendance and performance will be taken into consideration in determining 2020-2021 grade placement. The final placement decision will be made by SBLC.
  • Placement into honors classes for 8th graders promoting to 9th grade will be determined using the following criteria.
    • The most recent assessment scores for Math, English, Science and Social Studies will be converted into a numerical grade using the same process that the high school uses to report LEAP assessments as final exam grades.
    • A student’s most recent assessment grade and their grades for each of the 3 nine-weeks (4 nine-weeks for normal school years) will be averaged together for an overall grade for each core class. If a student’s overall grade is a 90% or above, that student will be eligible for an honors class for each core subject in which they qualify.

 

Assessment and Reporting for Grades 9-11

  • Student grades are determined by the 3rd semester average (grade as of March 16th).
  • Failing students and students seeking a higher grade: Students can earn points to raise their grades by completing the Bonus/Home-Learning Packet that will be posted online on the district’s webpage.  Packets must be turned in no later than May 18th by 3PM to be considered for the bonus opportunity.
  • After May 20th, students who received a failing grade will also be given the opportunity to retake the failed course through participation in summer school/learning or during the next school year.
  • Dual enrollment students must complete coursework by May 12th.  No BONUS opportunities are available for dual enrollment courses, as these are college credit courses.
  • In the absence of ACT scores, students will be able to qualify for dual enrollment based on the Board of Regents policy that allows students to utilize LEAP 2025 (English II and Geometry) OR (English I and Algebra I if student was not able to take the English II or Geometry LEAP 2025 assessments due to COVID-19 school closures). A more explicit plan is outlined under 2020-2021 Dual Enrollment Eligibility.
  • A transition from valedictorian and salutatorian to summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude will take place to honor graduates starting with the Class of 2020 and thereafter. Criteria to be used is as follows:
    • Summa cum laude: 4.1 or above GPA,
    • Magna cum laude:3.8-4.09 GPA,
    • Cum laude: 3.5-3.79 GPA

Note:  For scholarships and college applications, students falling into the summa cum laude would be considered valedictorians; students falling into magna cum laude would be considered salutatorians; cum laude graduates would be considered honor graduates.

Class of 2020 Information

  • The spring semester midterm grade received as of March 16, 2020, will be the FINAL grade posted to the senior transcripts. Seniors who currently have a grade of “D” or better and wish to receive a higher grade will be given an opportunity through the Bonus/Home-Learning Packet.  Packets for seniors are due no later than May 10th by 10PM.  No BONUS opportunities are available for dual enrollment courses, as these are college credit courses.
  • If a senior has received a failing grade, the senior will be given grade recovery opportunities through Odysseyware and/or assignments provided by the teacher. Students who do not complete grade recovery opportunities will be given the opportunity to participate in summer school/learning. 
  • Dual enrollment students must complete coursework by May 12. No BONUS opportunities are available for dual enrollment courses, as these are college credit courses. Once NSU grades are posted, those grades will be reflected on students’ high school transcript.
  • Honor Graduates: A transition from valedictorian and salutatorian to summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude will take place to honor Class of 2020 graduates. Criteria to be used is as follows:
    • Summa cum laude: 4.1 or above GPA,
    • Magna cum laude:3.8-4.09 GPA,
    • Cum laude: 3.5-3.7 GPA

Note:  For scholarships and college applications, students falling into the summa cum laude would be considered valedictorians; students falling into magna cum laude would be considered salutatorians; cum laude graduates would be considered honor graduates.

2020-2021 Dual Enrollment Eligibility

  • For any student to participate in Dual Enrollment in Natchitoches Parish School Board, the following eligibility must be met in this specific matrix order in lieu of meeting normal ACT qualifications:
  1. Does the student have at least a 2.5 cumulative high school GPA? Yes or No?
    1. If yes, move on to # 2
    2. If no, student is not eligible.
  2. Is the student on track to graduate high school on time? Yes or No
    1. If yes, move on to # 3.
    2. If no, student is not eligible.
  3. Has the student failed any high school courses that are the same subject they are attempting to take? (For example, if the student failed English II, but they are trying to take English III-NSU 1010, they do not qualify. However, if they failed English II, but are trying to take Fine Arts Survey DE, then they may qualify.) Yes or no?
    1. If no, move on to # 4.
    2. If yes, student is not eligible.
  4. For Math and Science DE eligibility, did the student score Mastery or above on the most recent high school state assessment they’ve taken in Math? Yes or No?
    1. If yes, move on to # 6.
    2. If no, student is not eligible.
  5. For English, Foreign Language, History, Social Science, Humanities, or Arts Survey eligibility, did the student score Mastery or above on the most recent high school state assessment they’ve taken in English? Yes or No?
    1. If yes, move on to # 6.
    2. If no, student is not eligible.
  6. If your answer to either OR both question(s) 4 and 5 is Yes, then you are eligible to request to be enrolled in the respective dual enrollment course per general guidelines.
    1. ALL criteria will be verified by high school personnel.
    2. Remember that in order to be fully admitted to NSU, you must follow the appropriate steps:
      1. Apply for admission by completing the online NSU Dual Enrollment Application http://www.nsula.edu/ece/dual-enrollment/.
      2. Submit a copy of most recent state assessment scores (Math or English) to high school dual enrollment coordinator. (These can be printed from SPC account.)
      3. Submit official high school transcript (with cumulative GPA included) to high school dual enrollment coordinator. (These can be printed from SPC account.)

Preparing for 2020-2021 School Year

At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, a 4-week transitional bridge period of instruction will take place in grades K-8. This transitional bridge period will allow for both remediation and enrichment, as needed.

Please note that these are initial plans and may change as more guidance is provided

from the Louisiana Department of Education. The NPSB district staff, principals,

teachers, and other stakeholders will work collaboratively over the next couple of months

to develop plans that will give the students in Natchitoches Parish the best chance at

academic success.