School Board to waive longstanding graduation requirements due to pandemic

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The Collierville Schools Board of Education was scheduled to officially suspend several policies on Tuesday night in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Board members were scheduled to conduct a virtual meeting on April 28 to discuss changes to the school system’s grading system and graduation requirements. 

High school students will receive “no grade lower than the grade they earned in the course as of March 20.” Students taking post-secondary courses will not be required to “participate in the associated exam in order to receive GPA weighting for spring 2020.” 

Only 20 credits will be required to graduate.

Requirements like the ACT and SAT tests will also be waived. Completion of the civics exam and EOC exams will not be required for graduation. 

Students scheduled to receive an occupational diploma in the 2019-20 or 2020-21 school year will only be required “to demonstrate one year of work experience.” 

Middle and elementary school students will not be required to take the annual TCAP exam. 

Students will not be penalized for a failure to attend online courses. Regarding teachers, “level of overall effectiveness scores” will not be generated from the 2019-20 school year. No student data from the current school year will “be allowed to negatively impact a teacher.”

Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teachers will not be evaluated using the growth portfolio model for the 2019-20 school year.