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Secondary: February 1, 2021

Letter to Secondary Families

In recognition of our extraordinary circumstances due to the pandemic, the Kent School District is modifying secondary grading for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year. Students unable to engage in learning will not earn a failing grade (F) but rather a no credit (NC) in high school credit classes. All other grades earned remain the same.

Our school and district leaders have worked in collaboration and came to this decision based on the following reasons:

  • OSPI expanded their grading guidance in their October, Bulletin No. 088-20, that districts can use a No Credit (NC), Fail (F), and Incomplete (INC) in their grading processes.
  • School districts across the state have updated their grading practices to better support student opportunities for success during remote learning.
  • NC does not factor into a student’s GPA, therefore does not negatively impact the student’s grade point average.
  • A, B, C and D continue to be appropriate because they represent the different achievement levels of the students who engaged in learning this semester.
  • NC should only be awarded on a student-by-student basis and for students not on track for course completion.

An NC does not grant credit towards graduation and does not impact a student’s GPA.  Students who receive an NC will need to access credit retrieval options in order to continue their progression towards meeting Kent School District graduation requirements.  If you are concerned about your student’s graduation standing, please reach out to your school’s counseling department and request a meeting with their counselor.

Any additional grading updates for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year will be communicated in advance of the end of the second semester.


DeNelle West
Chief Officer of Teaching and Learning

2020-2021 Grading Guidelines

View 2020-2021 Grading Guidelines for elementary and secondary students.