Academic Assessments, Grading Policies, Graduation Requirements and College Admissions

  • Due to the necessity of school closure to curb the spread of COVID-19, there are many questions about how student achievement and academic progress will be measured during distance learning. These questions include how students will be graded for interrupted courses being completed through distance learning, whether courses can be graded as pass or credit instead of assigned letter grades, and the impact of those decisions on college admissions and high school graduation requirements. Please know, our district leadership team is working in close collaboration with the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) to address these concerns. All decisions will be made in alignment with the guidance CDE issued on April 1, 2020.

    Grades, Grading, Graduation Requirements and Graduation Ceremonies

    Please click here to view the FAQs provided by CDE regarding the guidance for grades, grading, and graduation requirements. Do note, it is anticipated that this guidance will be updated as further information becomes available. Our high schools are working closely with seniors to make sure they graduate appropriately prepared for their post-secondary plans. Also, whether it be using a different format and/or at a later date, we will find a way to host our graduation ceremonies and celebrate our students’ achievements.

    Statewide Mandated Assessments 

    All statewide testing has been suspended for this year including:

      • Suspending all CAASPP testing
      • Suspending Summative ELPAC testing
      • Placing the Physical Fitness Test on hold until students return to school
      • Canceling the California High School Proficiency Examination test administration for the weekend of March 21st. All March test takers have been reregistered for June or provided information on how to request a refund. Additional locations and space within current locations will be increased to accommodate this change.
      • Placing high school equivalency testing on hold until testing centers are reopened


    College Admissions Criteria and Tests

    Our higher education partners announced more flexible admissions criteria that will be applicable for our current juniors and seniors. Find the joint statement issued by the CSU/UC, California Community Colleges, and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities here. 

    Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

    The College Board announced AP exams will still be administered using a modified online version for students to access at home, and our AP teachers will be preparing our students for this new format. View the testing schedule and more information here.

    SAT Exams

    At this time, SAT administrations have been canceled. Keep up to date on further cancellations, makeups, refunds, and more here.

    ACT Exams

    ACT has rescheduled its April national and international tests in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for April test dates will receive an email from ACT informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June or a future test date. View ACT student and parent resources here.

    Early College Program

    Early College classes will continue according to the Citrus College Distance Learning Plan. View the Citrus College COVID-19 response information here.