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Dual Studies
Grades and FERPA
Grades and FERPA


Grading is solely the responsibility of the instructor. In no way, does RSCC encourage faculty to reduce the rigor of college coursework for dual studies students. Instructors may, however, want to be aware of the grading scale differences between secondary and postsecondary systems. A uniform grading scale for the state of Tennessee was effective as of July 1, 2006.

State Department of
Education grading scale:
93 – 100 A
86 – 92
75 – 85 C
70 – 74 D
60 & below F
Roane State Community
College grading scale
90 – 100 A
80 – 89 B
70 – 78 C
60 – 69 D
0 – 59 F

Some specific exceptions to the above scale may apply and the college reserves the right to adjust it accordingly. Students enrolled in Allied Health Sciences or Nursing programs may not follow the same scale. Students should refer to the grading scale included on the course syllabus.

Unlike AP courses, dual studies grades are not weighted (Guidelines for weighting high school grades may be found in State Board Rule 0520-1-3-.05 on the state Web site on page 12). Executive Director of Tennessee State Board of Education, Dr. Gary Nixon, says the differences in grading scales between secondary and postsecondary institutions eliminates the need to weight grades awarded in the dual studies program. For this reason, faculty members are to report First Class grades as a letter grade rather than percentage.

High school students are in competition for college scholarships and may choose not to attempt college-level work that is not weighted to protect their GPA for this reason. Please make every effort to encourage student learning and success and to grade students fairly.

First Class students are students of record at both the college and the high school; therefore, faculty members are bound to report grades to both institutions. To report grades to the college, faculty access their RaiderNet accounts and follow guidelines as directed by the Records and Registration Office. Choose the self-service tab, chose the term, choose the class, and enter grades. For assistance, contact the appropriate division or the Help Desk at (865) 882-4595.

Participation in the adjunct faculty workshops provides specific instruction and opportunity to ask questions about the grade reporting process. Workshops are typically scheduled on the Saturday before the first day of class each semester. The online Adjunct Faculty Handbook may be helpful in various college procedures. (

In addition to reporting final grades to the college, faculty report grades to the high school administration. Many schools have more than one school counselor, so please discuss the process with the counseling staff or high school principal. You may choose to report a mid-term grade to the counselor as high school students and parents are accustomed to receiving grade cards throughout the semester, but this is not a requirement. If you are concerned about a student’s success, you may contact the school counselor and discuss the student’s performance. Student registration forms require students to give college faculty/staff permission to discuss Roane State records. Counselors are well aware of the following legislation and know what information they may and may not release to parents.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act for Colleges and Universities states the following regarding disclosure for parents:
When a student turns 18 years of age or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, all rights afforded to parents under FERPA transfer to the student. However, FERPA also provides ways in which schools may share information with parents without the student’s consent. For example:

  • Schools may disclose education records to parents if the student is a dependent for income tax purposes.
  • Schools may disclose education records to parents if a health or safety emergency involves their son or daughter.
  • Schools may inform parents if the student who is under 21 has violated any law or its policy concerning the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance.

If parents contact you, please refer to FERPA as appropriate and utilize the high school guidance office as necessary.

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