Proposed 2022–23 Instruction Calendar FAQ

  • Why is BISD moving to a nine-week grading period?

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    In October 2021, the district discussed the pros and cons of a nine-week grading period. After much discussion with campus personnel, our Teaching and Learning department, and Cabinet it was recommended to move to a nine-week grading period beginning with the 2022–23 school year. Some of the advantages for the nine-week grading period include more time for teacher instruction and student learning, a better opportunity for students to make up assignments, and less pressure on students and teachers. This proposal was approved by the Board of Trustees at the November 2021 Board meeting.

     

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  • How will this affect UIL eligibility?

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    At the secondary level, students will still be assessed on whether they are passing (obtaining grades of 70 or better in all classes) following each grading period. The only exception occurs during the start of the school year; students must have passing grades in all their classes by the end of the first six weeks of school, as per UIL policy. Students could also potentially regain eligibility at that first six-weeks check (for those who did not have enough credits at the start of year). After this, they will have three weeks to meet passing levels (the end of the nine-week grading period). Subsequent grade checks will occur at the end of each nine-week grading period.

    • After six weeks of school:  Check eligibility (failing student will become ineligible).
    • End of first nine weeks of school:  Check eligibility again (failing student will become ineligible; student who was failing at six weeks but is now passing will regain eligibility).
    • After first nine-weeks period ends: 
      • Check eligibility at three weeks and six weeks (students can only regain eligibility at those checks, they cannot lose it).
      • Check eligibility at the end of each nine-weeks period (students can lose or regain eligibility at this point).

    For more information, visit the UIL website at: https://www.uiltexas.org/policy/tea-uil-side-by-side/eligibility-calendar

     

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  • Why are the student early dismissals on Wednesdays instead of Fridays?

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    Early dismissals allow campus and district staff an opportunity to collaborate on lesson design, effective teaching strategies, student progress evaluation, and professional development. This also allows time for parent/teacher conferences. The District wants to continue this practice. It is our plan to facilitate student attendance with student early dismissals occurring on Wednesdays rather than Fridays.

     

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  • Why is Tuesday, November 8th a student holiday?

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    November 8, 2022 is Election Day. Tarrant County frequently uses BISD campuses as polling locations. In some instances, campus activities are restricted due to the increased public foot traffic. To relieve these restrictions, the District scheduled a Teacher Workday on this date to minimize the impact on student campus activities.

     

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  • Why is graduation on a Friday?

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    BISD secures contracts for these events far in advance and has to schedule around other events at these venues, most notably, Dickies Arena. More often than not, an event has been previously scheduled on a preferred Sunday or select other dates that are too far off from our target graduation date plan.

     

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  • Why are there two student early dismissal days in December, prior to the Winter Break?

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    It has been a goal of the Calendar Committee to end the first semester prior to the Winter Break. We have a number of students who transfer in/out of a district during this time and must complete class. In an effort to proctor final exams and assign semester grades, the District assigned student early dismissal days to December 15 and 16.

     

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