With this, PAUSD became the first in California to adopt a credit/no-credit policy instead of grades for the second semester of the 2019/20 school year.
It is important that students and parents understand that this policy will have a significant and negative effect on the GPA of any student currently enrolled in Advanced Placement or Honors classes because of lost weighted benefit.
Since PAUSD announced its credit/no-credit policy, many large school districts cited by the California Department of Education including Los Angeles, San Diego Unified School Districts, and San Jose’s East Side Union High School District, have decided to maintain the letter grading system. In these districts, grades were assessed as of March 13 and no student will receive a grade lower than their grade as of that date (grades can only move up).
Please email the Board to urge them to take this issue to a vote! ([email protected])
The vast majority of schools boards throughout the state - those that have announced their grading system and those still in review - have undertaken a transparent process including soliciting input from other school district administrators and board members, high school department chairs, teachers and counselors to carefully weigh this important decision.
We want the same opportunity in Palo Alto.