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.
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.
The calculation shall include failing grades.
The calculation of class rank shall exclude grades earned in physical education; any course substituted for physical education; athletics; an assigned remediation or tutoring course; any local credit course; or through credit by examination, with or without prior instruction.
Weighted Grade System
The District shall categorize and weight eligible courses as Advanced, Honors, and Regular in accordance with provisions of this policy and as designated in appropriate District publications.
Eligible dual credit courses shall be categorized and weighted as Advanced courses.
Eligible courses locally designated as honors courses shall be categorized and weighted as Honors courses.
All other eligible courses shall be categorized and weighted as Regular courses.
Weighted Numerical Grade Average
The District shall assign weights to semester grades and shall calculate a weighted numerical grade average in accordance with the following scale:
The District shall record unweighted numerical grades on student transcripts.
When a student transfers semester grades for courses that would be eligible under the Regular 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 if an 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 fifth six-week grading period of the senior year.
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 such recognition, a student must:
- Have been continuously enrolled in the District high school for the four semesters immediately preceding graduation;
- Have been enrolled in an accredited high school for all four years of high school;
- Have completed the foundation program with the distinguished level of achievement; and
- Be graduating after exactly eight semesters of enrollment in high school.
In case of a tie in weighted numerical grade averages after calculation to the thousandths place, the District shall apply the following methods, in this order, to determine recognition as valedictorian or salutatorian:
- Calculate a weighted numerical grade average using only eligible grades earned in Advanced courses taken by each student involved in the tie.
- Calculate a weighted numerical grade average using only eligible grades earned in Advanced or Honors courses taken by each student involved in the tie.
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.