Grading policies

Academic achievement policies are defined by board policies and district regulations. Please see below for an overview and refer to EIA (Local)EIA (Legal) and EIA (Regulation) for specific details.

These policies were set based on feedback from teachers, administrators, district leaders, parents and community members. 

Progress reports & report cards

Reports of student progress are distributed to students and posted online in Skyward.

Teachers are encouraged to send progress updates to all PreK-12 students to show standards mastery and provide specific feedback about student effort in their learning. The district shall provide progress reports to the guardians after the third and sixth week of each grading cycle for all students in grades 1-12. Guardians will also get a written notice of the student’s grades in each course at the end of each grading cycle.

Makeup work & late work

Elementary school students will be allowed to make up assignments and tests without a grade penalty after an excused or unexcused absence. Secondary school students will be given at least two regularly scheduled class days (A/B) for every day missed completing the assignments or tests missed after an excused or unexcused absence. Students must be given at least one opportunity to submit late work not related to an absence.

Reteach, retest and intervention plans

Teachers will work with students and families to develop intervention plans for struggling students. Reteach should include different instructional strategies than what was used initially during the “first teach.” After implementing the reteach within 5 school days, the teacher will reassess students and compare it to the initial assessment. Retest opportunities are available after re-teaching has occurred and within five school days of receiving the original assessment grade.

For all Advanced Academics courses including AP, IB, and dual credit, the course syllabus will outline reteach/retest opportunities for each course. The reteach/retest opportunities must align with the higher education partner institution policies for dual credit and dual enrollment courses. Parents should be notified if students are removed from any core or enrichment TEKS-based course or classroom for test preparation, and grades for the missed course/class must reflect student absence from instruction.

How grades are determined

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Grade point system

The grade point system is a process for weighting courses based upon the difficulty of the courses. In our grade point system, more rigorous courses receive additional grade points resulting in a 5.0 scale compared to the traditional 4.0 scale. The collection of grade points begins in 9th grade for most students.

Student GPA is calculated several times each year during their high school career. A student’s most recent GPA calculation is normally reported on the student’s report card at the end of each grading cycle.  

The official GPA posted on the final transcript and used for graduation purposes is calculated after the second to the last grading cycle of each student’s senior year. This official GPA is used to determine each student’s final rank in class. The two students having the highest rank designated as Valedictorian and Salutatorian. A 3.5 GPA is required for honor grads starting with the class of 2016.

Texas law provides automatic admission to the Texas public college or university of a student's choice if that student graduates in the top ten percent of his/her senior class, so a student’s GPA and rank in class is very important for college admission.  See the section below regarding GPA Calculation for more details about this process.

Because other institutions sometimes ask for students’ grades in other formats, we can produce a student’s GPA based on a universal 4.0 scale and a student’s overall numerical grade average, but the weighted GPA described below is the official GPA used for all GISD designations.

Grade points

The following designations indicate the type of grade points available for a particular course.

(IB), (IntH) International Baccalaureate grade points (only offered at Garland HS)
(AP), (PreAP), (Adv CTE), (H), (MST)*, or (AMS)* Honors grade points
(DC) Dual credit grade points
(R) Regular grade points
(B) Basic grade points
(NGP) Does not receive grade points

*Only offered at North Garland HS

The following grade point table indicates the grade point system to be used for all high school courses. The course descriptions found in the course guides indicate (1) whether grade points are awarded for each course and (2) if grade points are awarded, what level of grade points are awarded. Not all high school courses earn grade points. For example, students enrolled in many of the athletics, physical education and music courses are not awarded grade points.

Evaluation of student effort will be numeric grades with grade points awarded in the following manner:

A student who transfers into a district high school with higher-level course credits, such as International Baccalaureate (IB), International Honors (IntH), Advanced Placement (AP), Pre-AP/Honors, or Dual Credit, shall receive similar credits counted toward the GPA according to the list of higher-level courses offered to other students in the same graduating class at that district high school and the grade point scale used for credit earned in the district.

Grade Point Average (GPA) calculation procedure

  1. Multiply GPA Credits by the GPA Points to calculate the grade points earned for each semester.
  2. Divide total GPA Points by the total GPA Credits to calculate the cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA).
  3. Calculations are rounded to 5 decimal places.

To see the breakdown of the GPA averages and examples for students graduating in 2022 or before, see our 2022 and before grade point table page.

To see the breakdown of the GPA averages for students graduating in 2023 and after, see our 2023 and after grade point table page.

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