Los Angeles USD Guidelines

The Los Angeles Unified School District provides some guidance to teachers and administrators about expectations for Marking Practices and Procedures:

BUL 1353.1 Marking Practices and Procedures for Secondary Schools

BUL-2332 4 Elementary School Progress Report Marking Practices and Procedures

When comparing and contrasting the differences between the bulletins, some important differences should be noted:

  • The elementary bulletin was revised more recently (2008) than the secondary bulletin (2005).
  • Elementary teachers are required to grade academics and work habits/cooperation according to a four point rubric.
  • Secondary work habits/cooperation are on a three level rubric.
  • LAUSD states that its policy on requiring one grade per five class hours is based on the below section of the California Ed Code (48205) which appears to reference absentee policies not grading policies:
48205.  (a) Notwithstanding Section 48200, a pupil shall be excused
from school when the absence is:
   (1) Due to his or her illness.
   (2) Due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city
health officer.
   (3) For the purpose of having medical, dental, optometrical, or
chiropractic services rendered.
   (4) For the purpose of attending the funeral services of a member
of his or her immediate family, so long as the absence is not more
than one day if the service is conducted in California and not more
than three days if the service is conducted outside California.
   (5) For the purpose of jury duty in the manner provided for by
   (6) Due to the illness or medical appointment during school hours
of a child of whom the pupil is the custodial parent.
   (7) For justifiable personal reasons, including, but not limited
to, an appearance in court, attendance at a funeral service,
observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion,
attendance at religious retreats, attendance at an employment
conference, or attendance at an educational conference on the
legislative or judicial process offered by a nonprofit organization
when the pupil's absence is requested in writing by the parent or
guardian and approved by the principal or a designated representative
pursuant to uniform standards established by the governing board.
   (8) For the purpose of serving as a member of a precinct board for
an election pursuant to Section 12302 of the Elections Code.
   (9) For the purpose of spending time with a member of the pupil's
immediate family, who is an active duty member of the uniformed
services, as defined in Section 49701, and has been called to duty
for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from, deployment
to a combat zone or combat support position. Absences granted
pursuant to this paragraph shall be granted for a period of time to
be determined at the discretion of the superintendent of the school
   (b) A pupil absent from school under this section shall be allowed
to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence that
can be reasonably provided and, upon satisfactory completion within
a reasonable period of time, shall be given full credit therefor. The
teacher of the class from which a pupil is absent shall determine
which tests and assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but
not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the
pupil missed during the absence.
   (c) For purposes of this section, attendance at religious retreats
shall not exceed four hours per semester.
   (d) Absences pursuant to this section are deemed to be absences in
computing average daily attendance and shall not generate state
apportionment payments.
   (e) "Immediate family," as used in this section, has the same
meaning as set forth in Section 45194, except that references therein
to "employee" shall be deemed to be references to "pupil."

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