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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Parent Input Sought on High School Grading

The district has an on-line survey about high school grading policies put forth by the Sterring Committee for High School Reform. (I'm with Charlie; who is on these communities?) All parent, student, community and staff opinions are being sought. The questions revolve around these issues:
  • Change from a 5-point to an 11-point grading system (add + and - to a grade)
  • Eliminate the 2.0 GPA graduation requirement
  • Have athletic eligibility requirements and graduation requirements be consistent:
If the District continues to require a 2.0 GPA for graduation, then athletic eligibility will continue to require a 2.0 GPA.
If the District eliminates the 2.0 GPA for graduation, then the District will eliminate the 2.0 GPA for athletic eligibility.
  • Allow high school credit for approved 8th-grade work.
  • Implement a weighted grading system for Honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses:
Honors courses will carry an additional .5 quality point in determining GPA
AP and IB courses will carry an additional 1.0 quality point in determining GPA

The survey does explain each item, give background and then asks your opinion. It takes about 5-10 minutes to take.

1 comment:

Charlie Mas said...

When you complete the survey, don't forget to question the bizarre requirement that students request their high school credit for middle school courses during the first five weeks of their freshman year.

Students should get credit for the work they have done whenever they ask for that credit. What's so magical about five weeks?