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Michigan Virtual Grading Policy and Expectations

  • Instructors will score and provide feedback on student submitted assignments within 72 hours (96 hours for ELA and AP courses) of submission during typical business days.
  • Discussion-based assignments (DBAs)¹ MUST be scheduled in advance with the instructor, according to the directions the instructor has posted in class. We strongly encourage students to avoid waiting until a deadline to schedule their DBAs as peak submission times can impact instructor availability.
  • Instructors are authorized to provide their own class policy for revision, redo or re-submissions. This option is provided at the teacher’s discretion.
  • Many Michigan Virtual exams are password-protected to ensure the integrity of the course material, as a result, passwords MUST be requested from the instructor by the mentor at least 24 hours (M-F) prior to test proctoring.
    • Passwords can ONLY be provided to mentors.
  • Due to scheduled data transfers from Learning Management System (LMS) grade centers to the Student Learning Portal (SLP), it may require up to 24 hours for scores in the SLP to reflect updated scores in certain LMS.
  • End of term final scores will be finalized and submitted within a week after the student end date.
  • Requests for early submission of final scores MUST take into account both the instructor grading window and updating cycle within the SLP. As a result, please allow a minimum of 4-5 business days (depending on course involved) between when a student submits work and the final score is processed. Although instructors will try to submit these sooner, during peak submission times instructors could receive hundreds of submissions a day which are graded based on when they were received.
    • Michigan Virtual cannot honor last minute requests for early final scores due to the considerations listed above.
    • Once a final score is submitted, students & mentors no longer have access to the course in the LMS.
    • Final scores required prior to the student’s end date MUST be requested by the mentor.
    • Mentors should ONLY make this request when the student has completed a course. It should not be used as a gauge of student progress. Requests for readmission to the course are limited.
  • All work to be considered for official grading purposes need to be submitted in the Learning Management System (LMS) for future audit and reference requirements.
  • Items submitted after the student’s end date will not be included in the final score. This includes blank and/or empty assignment submissions (cannot be used as a time/space holder), assignment formats the instructor cannot open, or documents the instructor does not have permission to view.
  • Any scores in dispute must be addressed in writing within 60 calendar days of the final score submission to be considered for review.
    • To be considered for review, documentation indicating an error in grading or calculation must be presented. Any work would need to have a verifiable timestamp to ensure the submission was made prior to the end of the course.
    • If a technical error occurred in the submission process, documentation such as an email showing the instructor was aware that the student could not submit the work per Blackboard and approved submission in another form would need to be provided.

¹ Discussion-based assignments require students to schedule a phone call or virtual meeting with the instructor to discuss specific course content. These are not included in all classes but are common in World Language and Math courses.

Last updated on December 22, 2020

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Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.