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Can we change the weighting of our grading categories?

Yes, as a temporary adjustment to the educational program as a result of or in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, programs or language institutions may adapt the grading categories used to determine progression. Sites are expected to maintain records of changes made to grading categories, and it is recommended that assessment and progression data be tracked in such a way to reflect this period of changes made as a result of or in response to COVID-19.

Can we change the kinds of assessments we use?

As long as the changes are temporary (even for an extended time) as a result of or in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, changes are not considered to be reportable substantive changes. If you are considering permanent changes, please review CEA’s Substantive Change Guidelines. When a change is under consideration, CEA staff should be consulted to determine whether it is a substantive or minor change and whether a substantive change report must be filed, and to assess how the change will affect the program or institution in terms of meeting the CEA Standards. Please contact Masha Vassilieva, Director of Compliance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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