GPA and Class Rank recommendation.

Good afternoon, Parents.

We are planning to recommend a policy change for how GPA and Class Rank are calculated based on the on-going discussions we have been having for the last few months. Our motivation for making changes in this area has been to systematically encourage students to take more demanding courses that we know will help them prepare for the future. Over the last few months, we have concluded that weighted grades for dual credit/college prep classes is the best solution. More specifically, we are recommending calculating GPA’s for weighted classes based on a five point scale rather than the normal four point scale. (Weighted classes: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2 as compared to normal classes at A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1) The current classes that would be weighted using this definition of dual credit/college prep courses would be AP Biology, AP Calculus, CAPP Pre-Calculus, CAPP Physics, Medical Terminology, Advanced Composition and Novels. If we would add future dual credit or AP classes, we would recommend those classes also be added to the list.

As I shared in the last blog on this topic, we have also concluded that including an ACT score in class rank would get weird and confusing. While we believe that increasing students’ college and career readiness scores (both Aspire and ACT) is a huge priority, this is not the place to interject that factor. When we break down this idea, we would not be able to put an ACT score calculation into GPA, but we could put it into class rank. However, if our GPA’s and our class rank did not match up, that would be confusing to many people. This is why we have concluded that including an ACT score in the rank would be a bad idea.

Once again, we welcome your thoughts and feedback in the final, and most specific, steps toward this recommendation. We plan recommend a policy change to include weighted grades for a first read policy change for the Board of Education at the March meeting. We wish to move forward on this change because we will be starting registration for classes soon, and these changes need to be clear to the students that will be impacted. Since students do not take classes that are weighted prior to their sophomore year, our recommendation will be to begin this change in policy with the current freshmen class.

On a different note to parents of sophomores, we high encourage sophomores to take the spring ACT test because we have observed the gains that can occur when students take the ACT multiple times. Since the registration deadline is this Friday, it is something we would encourage each family to consider. If you have any logistical questions about this ACT test, please see Mr. Cole.

Have a great week,
Scott

March–
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Soph’s, Juniors and Seniors interested in National
Honor Society should see Mr. Cole
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Early Release.  Students excused at 11:30.
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Registration deadline for April 18th
ACT.  Soph’s should seriously consider taking this ACT test.
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State ACT make up day.
Junior
scheduling meeting.
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State
WorkKeys make up day.
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scheduling meeting.
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Freshmen
Scheduling meeting.
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8th
Grade Scheduling meeting.
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District Solo-Ensemble Competition.