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At Bellevue School District, we strive to create a grading system that accurately reflects learning, is resistant to bias, is motivating for students, and is a meaningful measure of student progress. We are committed to working with educators, students, and families to explore enhancements to grading practices.

To help us better serve each and every student, the Grading Design Team is conducting a survey that provides families with the opportunity to provide feedback on the “purpose of grades” and “beliefs about grades and grading.” The survey is open through February 14, 2022.

Why Should Families Participate?

The Grading Design Team recognizes that seeking the perspective of families is one of the most important things we can do. Family feedback can help us better understand the current experiences and perceptions of grades and grading. Information gathered will be reviewed and help inform future recommendations for grading district-wide.

“We appreciate families who have already completed the Family Grading Survey, and we strongly encourage all families, particularly those with students in grades 6-12, to take this opportunity to provide feedback on the purpose of grades and beliefs about grading, as well as your family’s overall grading experiences in the Bellevue School District. Your feedback will inform recommendations to ensure that grading practices across the district reflect learning for all students. We continue to listen to and learn by engaging families, as their voices are critical while we continue our work on grading in the district. 

– John Harrison, Executive Director for District and Community Affairs

Complete the Grading Survey

We invite you to provide your input by participating in this year’s Family Grading Survey. The focus of the grading practices survey will be on grades 6-12; however, all families (elementary, middle, and high) are invited to share their feedback. The survey is anonymous, and is available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Spanish, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese, and Simplified Chinese.

You may also access the survey through the Family Engagement Survey, which was sent directly to BSD parent/guardian emails on January 4. More details on this survey are outlined below.

Visit our Grades & Attendance webpage for more information.

Family Engagement Survey

The annual Family Engagement Survey gathers feedback from every district family around how informed, supported and empowered they feel, by their school community, to contribute to their students’ success. The valuable feedback obtained from each family is essential to the continuous improvement and advancement of family engagement practices specific to each school community.

Complete the Family Engagement Survey

Families received an email and a unique survey link on January 4 for each school where they have a student enrolled, which means they may have received multiple survey links. They will be asked to answer the survey based on the experience of their oldest student in the school. The survey is available in multiple languages including English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean, Arabic, Amharic, and Simplified Chinese. For more information, please visit our frequently asked questions page.

Upon completion of the Family Engagement Survey, you will be prompted to complete the Family Grading Survey, outlined above.

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit our Family Engagement Survey webpage.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.