UNION, NJ – In a letter to the school community Friday afternoon, Superintendent Gregory Tatum provided an update on the grading policy he discussed in a previous correspondence.

In that correspondence last Friday, Tatum said the following grading procedures would become effective immediately:  All students in grades K-8 will be assessed on either meeting grade level standards or needing improvement. The final grade for the year will be the accumulated grade attained during marking periods one through three. In grades 9-12, all final exams are cancelled. The fourth marking period grades will therefore be the average of all work completed. Final grades will be the accumulation of all four marking periods and midterm exams.

“The overall intention of the change in the grading procedure was to lighten the load on students and teachers during the absence from the regular instructional program,” Tatum’s letter read.  He said the new process was based upon recommendations and guidance from the New Jersey Education Association distributed on April 13.

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Tatum said the district learned last Friday that a revised remote learning plan must be submitted to the county superintendent’s office by May 22. He said the update requires board approval. “In view of concerns that have been shared, we will be discussing a revised procedure on grading to provide equity for all students and their current circumstances. I am hopeful that our new plan will meet the approval of our board of education and community.”  He said specific details will be provided after the board meeting on Tuesday, May 19.

Tatum full letter appears below:

Township of Union Schools Community:

I would like to provide an update on the grading policy discussed in my last correspondence. The overall intention of the change in the grading procedure was to lighten the load on students and teachers during the absence from the regular instructional program. The new process was based upon recommendations and guidance from the New Jersey Education Association distributed on April 13, 2020.

On Friday, May 8th, we learned that a revised remote learning plan must be submitted to the county superintendent’s office by May 22nd. This update requires board approval. In view of concerns that have been shared, we will be discussing a revised procedure on grading to provide equity for all students and their current circumstances. I am hopeful that our new plan will meet the approval of our board of education and community.

Specific details will be provided after the board meeting on Tuesday, May 19th.

Sincerely,

Gregory Tatum

Superintendent