KHSD changes to the pass or fail system

Collin Koch, Reporter

The Kern High School District (KHSD) implemented a change in the grading scale for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Students will either pass or fail, grades will not be given in an attempt to ease the distance learning transition.
One parent who did not want to be identified said, “It has been hard to teach my kids stuff that I don’t even know and makes me become stressed out and worried if I’m teaching my children correctly,” a parent of a KHSD student, who wished to remain in anonymity, said.
KHSD released a letter that stated, “Pass/No Pass grading means that a student will not receive a traditional letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F) for the spring semester this school year. Instead, students’ transcripts will reflect that a student either passed the course (P) or did not pass the course (NP). Whether a student passes or does not pass a class will be evaluated as follows [,] a student will receive a Pass for the spring semester if the student had a grade of A, B, C, or D for the third quarter. (The third quarter ended on Friday, March 13, 2020.) However, students must continue their studies in the fourth quarter by working from home with the ongoing assistance of their teachers.”
This decision came from the KHSD after discussing with members of all California colleges, universities and community colleges, to “assure students that the closure would not affect the outcome of their future.”
The KHSD has not announced its plans for graduation for 2020 graduating seniors as of April 29.