5121.2 – Student – Grading Students with Special Needs –

Policy –
Regulation – x
Exhibit –

Adopted – 6-16-2005
Revised –

The Pacific Grove Unified School District adopts the grading policy presented below.

1. Any individualized grading system will be approved through and written into the student’s IEP or 504 plan before it can be put into effect.

2. Parents must provide informed consent, in writing, for this grading system.
a. Parents must be made aware of the potential positive and negative outcomes of agreeing to such a system.
b. Pass/Fail grading can only be awarded if parents have given informed consent in writing before the course is taken and must be written into the student’s IEP or 504 plan.

3. Course description titles such as “Basic” or “Practical” or Advanced” or “Honors” will be used to indicate the level of a course.
a. Courses on transcripts cannot be designated as being special education or 504, such as “RSP” or “SDC.”
b. Parents/students must be notified and agree if special course titles or codes such as an asterisk are used in a transcript.
c. With the above-described parent consent, post-secondary institutions that inquire about such identified courses will be informed of the student’s disability status.
d. Grades earned in such courses would be considered “modified.”

4. Grades resulting from modifications applied to the student’s curriculum are used for computing “honor roll” status or for “graduation with honor.” However, this may not be the case in other school districts.

5. All Special Education and 504 students must be able to access all general education classes if they meet prerequisite levels of skill.

6. Students with disabilities may take courses with or without accommodations and/or modifications, as specified in the IEP or 504 plan.


1. Accommodations are those supports which are intended to minimize the impact of a student’s disability but do not fundamentally alter or lower course standards or expectations, such as being given extended time to complete tests or assignments.
a. Students who receive accommodations will be graded by the same standards as general education students.

2. Modifications are supports which minimize the impact of the disability but fundamentally alter or lower course standards or student expectations, such as being allowed to use a calculator to complete a math computation exam.
a. Modified grades can be identified by an asterisk next to the grade.
b. Students who receive modifications can be given modified grades. This grading does not apply to 504 students.

CSBA Date –

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