Grading Practices

In 2015-16, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) evaluated the division’s grading practices at the middle and high school levels. Specifically, VBCPS administration researched potential changes to guidelines for homework, late work and the use of zeros in grading.

The Fair and Equitable Grading Practices Committee, made up of teachers, administrators, parents, students, school board members and community members from across the city, headed up this work. They met with a nationally recognized expert in grading practices and reviewed research in order to generate recommendations for specific updates to existing policies and guidelines.

The public weighed in on these recommendations via a survey of all secondary teachers, VBCPS-hosted roundtable events, as well as an e-Town Hall. In September of 2016, the School Board voted to change the grading policy to help ensure grading consistency throughout the division.

Teachers used the 2016-17 school year discussing the grading guidelines at the school level and deciding which practices they want to move forward with during the 2017-2018 school year. From there, school committees and teams made up of parents, teachers and building administrators reviewed those plans to make sure they aligned with the division’s 2017-2018 grading guidelines.

For more information about the current grading guidelines, contact the Department of School Leadership at 757-263-1088.