EIC(REGULATION) - ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: CLASS RANKING

Weighted Grade Point Average

For the purpose of encouraging students to take more challenging courses, grades earned in TEA- and District-identified advanced cores, Languages other than English (LOTE) courses, articulated Tech-Prep courses, and dual credit courses at designated colleges or universities will be weighted. The grades earned in these courses will be converted to different grade points from the grades converted to the regular grade point scale. Weighted grade points will be used to compute the grade point average (GPA) to determine a student's honor roll status and rank in class.

Class Rank / Class Size

For purposes of determining class rank, class size will be determined by the sum of all inactive grade 12 students who have withdrawn from the District prior to the end of the given school year and who have completed all coursework and exit-level assessments, combined with all active grade 12 students at the end of the sixth six-week grading period for that same school year.

Prior to School Year 2011–12

Except as otherwise noted, for purposes of determining class rank for students who entered grade 9 prior to the 2011–12 school year, GPAs will be calculated on the basis of all available final semester grades.

School Year 2011–12 and Thereafter

Except as otherwise noted, for purposes of determining class rank for students who enter grade 9 during the 2011–12 school year and thereafter, GPAs will be calculated on the basis of all available final semester grades of the courses that satisfy the student's graduation plan in the following content areas:

Class Rank for Unranked Campuses

For an approved campus, a student's class rank will not be automatically reported, except for the top ten percent of a given class. Class rank will not appear on any student's academic achievement record (transcript). The District will provide to each student in the top ten percent of his or her class, and any student who requests it, a certification of class rank containing the student's numerical rank in class.

Approval of Unranked Campuses

The following procedures must occur in order for a high school to seek District approval to unrank its students outside of the top ten percent:

  1. The Campus Advisory Council (CAC) along with the principal authorizes a committee of parents and school administrators to conduct a study to explore the impact of going unranked, including the pros and cons.
  2. The committee presents the findings to the CAC, and the CAC makes a recommendation to the principal to move forward with seeking input from the parent community.
  3. The school administration reviews the findings of the study with the parents of the school community and shows that the majority of the parents are in favor of moving to an unranked system outside of the top ten percent.
  4. The principal/associate superintendent presents results from the impact study and the recommendations from the CAC and parents in the community to the Senior Cabinet for final approval and the Superintendent's signature.

Exceptions

The following exceptions will apply to all GPA calculations used to determine rank:

  1. For students in grade 12 who are planning to graduate in the summer of a given school year, grades earned in summer courses by these graduating seniors will be recorded for credit purposes only, as numerical grades, and will not be included in the GPA calculation. If the grade 12 student returns after summer school to take additional courses the following school year, then the summer school grades that were previously taken will be included in the GPA calculation and the student will be ranked with the class with which he or she actually graduates.
  2. If the only reason course credit is withheld is due to excessive absences, the course grade will not be used in the GPA calculation until credit is awarded. [See FEC]
  3. Students will be ranked according to the methodology used to rank the grade level to which they are assigned in accordance with EIE(LOCAL).
  4. International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, which are one-block, two-semester courses, shall be calculated as 0.5 credits for each semester.
  5. Computer science courses shall be included in rank under the discipline listed in the course definition, e.g., an AP Computer Science Math course shall be included in rank as a math course. Changes to course graduation requirements as defined in the transcript record may be made for students classified as seniors based on the student's need to meet graduation requirements. If the student has foreign language credits such as Spanish 1 and 2 to satisfy the LOTE requirement, then the computer science courses shall not be coded as LOTE courses because they are not needed to satisfy the LOTE requirement for graduation.

Secondary Weighted Grading Scale

The following scale will be used to compute numerical grades into the mathematically computed score that is used to determine honor roll status, GPA, and rank in class. The end-of-semester numerical grade is recorded on the student's permanent record (transcript), including grades for high school courses completed at the middle school level.

Integrated Grading Scale

The following scale, referred to as the integrated grading scale (IGS), consists of the following three tiers:

  1. Tier I: Advanced Level courses;
  2. Tier II: General Education courses; and
  3. Tier III: Prescribed courses.

Effective with the 2010–11 school year, all GPAs for students in grades 9–12 will be factored using the following integrated grading scale:

Numerical Grade

Tier I(5.0 Scale)

Tier II(4.0 Scale)

Tier III(3.0 Scale)

100

5.0

4.0

3.0

99

4.9

3.9

2.9

98

4.8

3.8

2.8

97

4.7

3.7

2.7

96

4.6

3.6

2.6

95

4.5

3.5

2.55

94

4.4

3.4

2.5

93

4.3

3.3

2.4

92

4.2

3.2

2.3

91

4.1

3.1

2.2

90

4

3

2.15

89

3.9

2.9

2.1

88

3.8

2.8

2

87

3.7

2.7

1.9

86

3.6

2.6

1.8

85

3.5

2.5

1.7

84

3.4

2.4

1.6

83

3.3

2.3

1.55

82

3.2

2.2

1.5

81

3.1

2.1

1.4

80

3

2

1.3

79

2.9

1.9

1.2

78

2.8

1.8

1.15

77

2.7

1.7

1.1

76

2.6

1.6

1

75

2.5

1.5

0.9

74

2.4

1.4

0.8

73

2.3

1.3

0.7

72

2.2

1.2

0.6

71

2.1

1.1

0.55

70

2

1

0.5

Below 70

0

0

0

Advanced-Level Courses

Tier I courses will include Advanced Placement (AP) courses, high school Pre-AP courses, International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, high school Magnet courses, TEA-identified core and LOTE advanced courses, articulated Tech-Prep courses, District-identified courses, and dual credit courses at designated colleges and universities.

General Education Courses

Tier II will include general education grade-level Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) courses and grade-level courses completed with limited modifications that do not impact state-mandated exit-level testing readiness.

Prescribed Courses

Tier III will include locally developed modified TEKS courses, exit-level state assessment tutorial courses, and student aide courses.

Comparative Class Rank

A "comparative rank" means the student's rank GPA is compared numerically to other students in that grade level and in that school. Comparative class ranks will be issued under the following circumstances:

  1. When a student transfers to a District high school from outside the District or transfers from one District high school to another, his or her rank will be an interim ranking until the next rank is set.
  2. When a potential three-year graduate is reclassified to grade 12, his or her rank will be an interim ranking until the next rank is set.

Course History Changes: Impact on Rank and GPA

Changes impacting a student's GPA between ranking periods will not impact a student's rank until the next ranking period. However, the transcript and/or other supplemental documentation, including college and scholarship applications, will always reflect a student's most current GPA.

Austin ISD

EIC(REGULATION)-X

LDU 2019.08

DATE ISSUED: 7/25/2019