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

The District shall include in the calculation of class rank semester grades earned in high school credit courses taken at any grade level, unless excluded below, but only in the following areas: English, mathematics, science, and social studies courses, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, or dual credit courses.

The calculation shall include failing grades until a failing grade is replaced with a passing grade.

Exclusions

The calculation of class rank shall exclude grades earned in any course for which a pass/fail grade is assigned or through credit by examination, with or without prior instruction.

Note: The following provisions shall apply to students in the graduating class of 2021.

Weighted Grade System

Categories

The District shall categorize and weight eligible courses as AP/Dual Credit, Advanced, Dual Enrollment CTE, and Regular in accordance with provisions of this policy and as designated in appropriate District publications.

AP/Dual Credit

Eligible Advanced Placement (AP) and dual credit courses, including UT OnRamps, shall be categorized and weighted as AP/Dual Credit courses.

Advanced

Eligible advanced courses, including precalculus advanced and economics advanced, shall be categorized and weighted as Advanced courses.

Dual Enrollment CTE

Eligible dual enrollment CTE courses shall be categorized and weighted as Dual Enrollment CTE courses.

Regular

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

Weighted Numerical Grade Average

The District shall assign weights to semester grades, including failing grades, earned in eligible courses and calculate a weighted numerical grade average, in accordance with the following:

Category

Weight

AP/Dual Credit

plus 5

Advanced

plus 4

Dual Enrollment CTE

plus 3

Regular

plus 0

The District shall record unweighted numerical grades on student transcripts.

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 District high school for the eight semesters immediately preceding graduation;
  2. Be graduating after exactly eight semesters of enrollment in high school;
  3. Have completed the foundation program with the distinguished level of achievement;
  4. Have successfully completed at least ten AP/Dual Credit or Pre-AP/Advanced courses;
  5. Have successfully completed at least three AP/Dual Credit courses during their junior year;
  6. Have successfully completed at least three AP/Dual Credit courses during their senior year; and
  7. Have completed the dual credit performance acknowledgement by December of their senior year.

Note: The following provisions shall apply to students beginning with the graduating class of 2022.

Weighted Grade System

Categories

The District shall categorize and weight eligible courses as Dual Enrollment AP/Dual Credit, Advanced, and Regular in accordance with provisions of this policy and as designated in appropriate District publications.

Dual Enrollment AP/Dual Credit

Eligible Advanced Placement (AP), dual enrollment CTE, and dual credit courses, including UT OnRamps, shall be categorized and weighted as Dual Enrollment AP/Dual Credit courses.

Advanced

Eligible courses locally designated as honors, including precalculus advanced and economics advanced, shall be categorized and weighted as Advanced courses.

Regular

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

Weighted Numerical Grade Average

The District shall assign weights to semester grades, including failing grades, earned in eligible courses and calculate a weighted numerical grade average, in accordance with the following:

Category

Weight

Dual Enrollment AP/Dual Credit

plus 10

Advanced

plus 6

Regular

plus 0

The District shall record unweighted numerical grades on student transcripts.

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 District high school for the eight semesters immediately preceding graduation;
  2. Be graduating after exactly eight semesters of enrollment in high school;
  3. Have completed the foundation program with the distinguished level of achievement;
  4. Have successfully completed at least 12 AP/Dual Credit or Pre-AP/Advanced courses;
  5. Have successfully completed at least three AP/Dual Credit courses during their junior year;
  6. Have successfully completed at least three AP/Dual Credit courses during their senior year;
  7. Meet criteria for the dual credit performance acknowledgement; and
  8. Have completed the dual credit performance acknowledgement by December of their senior year.

Note: The following provisions shall apply to all students, regardless of their graduating class.

Transferred Grades

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 grade 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 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.

Grades received in May for dual credit courses shall also be included in the calculation.

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)]

Breaking Ties

In case of a tie in weighted numerical grade averages after calculation to the sixth decimal place, the District shall apply the following methods, in this order, to determine recognition as valedictorian or salutatorian:

  1. Count the number of AP/Dual Credit and Advanced courses taken by each student involved in the tie.
  2. Calculate a weighted numerical grade average using only eligible grades in AP/Dual Credit and Advanced courses taken by each student involved in the tie.

If the tie is not broken after applying these methods, the District shall recognize all students involved in the tie as sharing the honor and title.

Highest-Ranking Graduate

The local eligibility criteria for recognition as the valedictorian shall not affect recognition of the highest-ranking graduate for purposes of receiving the honor graduate certificate from the state of Texas.

Donna ISD

EIC(LOCAL)-X

LDU 2022.01

DATE ISSUED: 1/26/2022