This year, grades will be required to determine students’ graduation eligibility

Guam Department of Education (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Education is addressing the issue of grades for graduating high school students.

During the beginning of the pandemic, GDOE accepted students’ existing 3rd quarter grades for students to graduate.

At the time, teachers were unable to conduct online courses with students because about 30 to 40 percent of students didn’t have access to computers or the internet.

But GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez says that this year, by the end of the 4th quarter, overall grades will be required to determine students’ graduation status.

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“If you fail to get the necessary passing grades to get your credits, that will impact your graduation,” Fernandez said in an interview with PNC.

He added: “Grades are still a part of the process, credits are still required. What we’re going to have to do is to determine whether the students, depending on their model of learning, were able to engage enough and complete the work required to earn the necessary passing grades and earn their credits.”

Since students have spent half the school year in distance learning, Fernandez understands that there may be an impact on the number of students graduating.

But he says that if high school students are short in credits, the GDOE Summer School Program will be providing opportunities for students to earn up to two credits for graduation.