EIC(LOCAL) - ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: CLASS RANKING

Consistent Application for Graduating Class

The District shall apply the same class rank calculation method and rules for local graduation honors for all students in a graduating class, regardless of the school year in which a student first earned high school credit.

Calculation

For students in the graduating classes of 2018–24, the District shall include in the calculation of class rank grades earned in all high school credit courses regardless of when the credit was earned, unless excluded below.

Beginning with students in the graduating class of 2025, the District shall include in the calculation of class rank semester grades earned in high school credit courses taken in grades 9–12 only, unless excluded below.

For students in all graduating classes, the calculation shall include failing grades.

Exclusions

The calculation of class rank shall exclude grades earned in or by an assigned remediation or tutoring course; a distance learning or online course used to replace a previously failed course; credit by examination, with prior instruction; and a course for which a pass/fail grade is assigned.

Weighted Grade System

Categories

The District shall categorize and weight eligible courses as Advanced, Accelerated, and Academic in accordance with provisions of this policy and as designated in appropriate District publications.

Advanced Courses

Eligible Advanced Placement (AP) courses shall be categorized and weighted as Advanced courses.

Accelerated Courses

Eligible Pre-AP courses, dual credit courses, and career and technical education courses shall be categorized and weighted as Accelerated courses.

Academic Courses

All other eligible courses shall be categorized and weighted as Academic courses.

Weighted Grade Point Average

The District shall convert semester grades earned in eligible courses to grade points in accordance with the following chart and shall calculate a weighted grape point average (GPA):

Grade

Advanced

Accelerated

Academic

100

8.0

7.0

6.0

99

7.9

6.9

5.9

98

7.8

6.8

5.8

97

7.7

6.7

5.7

96

7.6

6.6

5.6

95

7.5

6.5

5.5

94

7.4

6.4

5.4

93

7.3

6.3

5.3

92

7.2

6.2

5.2

91

7.1

6.1

5.1

90

7.0

6.0

5.0

89

6.9

5.9

4.9

88

6.8

5.8

4.8

87

6.7

5.7

4.7

86

6.6

5.6

4.6

85

6.5

5.5

4.5

84

6.4

5.4

4.4

83

6.3

5.3

4.3

82

6.2

5.2

4.2

81

6.1

5.1

4.1

80

6.0

5.0

4.0

79

5.9

4.9

3.9

78

5.8

4.8

3.8

77

5.7

4.7

3.7

76

5.6

4.6

3.6

75

5.5

4.5

3.5

74

5.4

4.4

3.4

73

5.3

4.3

3.3

72

5.2

4.2

3.2

71

5.1

4.1

3.1

70

5.0

4.0

3.0

Below 70

0

0

0

Transferred Grades

When a student transfers semester grades for courses that would be eligible under the Academic category and the District has accepted the credit, the District shall include the grades in the calculation of class rank.

When a student transfers semester grades for courses that would be eligible to receive additional weight under the District's weighted grade system, the District shall assign additional weight to the grades based on the categories and grade weight system used by the District only if a similar or equivalent course is offered to the same class of students in the District.

Local Graduation Honors

For the purpose of determining honors to be conferred during graduation activities, the District shall calculate class rank in accordance with this policy and administrative regulations by using grades available at the time of calculation at the end of the third nine-week grading period of the senior year. The grade for the third nine-week grading period shall be used as the semester grade for this purpose.

For the purpose of applications to institutions of higher education, the District shall also calculate class rank as required by state law. The District's eligibility criteria for local graduation honors shall apply only for local recognitions and shall not restrict class rank for the purpose of automatic admission under state law. [See EIC(LEGAL)]

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

The valedictorian and salutatorian shall be the eligible students with the highest and second-highest rank, respectively. To be eligible for this local graduation honor, a student must:

  1. Have been continuously enrolled in the same high school in the District for the four regular semesters immediately preceding graduation; and
  2. Have completed the foundation program with the distinguished level of achievement.

No Ties

In order to recognize only one student as valedictorian and one student as salutatorian, the District shall calculate weighted GPAs to a sufficient number of decimal places so that no ties exist among eligible students.

Highest-Ranking Graduate

The student meeting the local eligibility criteria for recognition as the valedictorian shall also be considered the highest-ranking graduate for purposes of receiving the honor graduate certificate from the state of Texas.

Alvin ISD

EIC(LOCAL)-X

LDU 2017.03

DATE ISSUED: 12/8/2017