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.

A student who takes and passes Algebra I in middle school may retake the course in grade 9 for a higher grade. The higher of the two grades shall be included in class rank calculations.

The calculation shall not include failing grades that resulted in no credit.

Exclusions

The calculation of class rank shall exclude grades earned in or through physical education; athletics; yearbook; summer school; any distance learning course; or credit by examination, with or without prior instruction.

Weighted Grade System

Categories

The District shall categorize and weight eligible courses as Level One, Level Two, Level Three, and Level Four in accordance with provisions of this policy and as designated in the course catalog.

Level Four

Eligible dual credit courses taken during the school day through dual credit agreements with Victoria College, and other eligible online college courses, shall be categorized and weighted as Level Four courses.

Beginning with the graduating class of 2017, all Advanced Placement (AP) courses shall also be categorized and weighted as Level Four courses.

Level Three

Eligible Pre-AP, Physics, Spanish III, and independent study in English courses shall be categorized and weighted as Level Three courses.

For the graduating classes of 2015 and 2016, AP courses shall also be categorized and weighted as Level Three courses.

Level Two

All eligible general education courses not categorized as Level One, Three, or Four shall be categorized and weighted as Level Two courses.

Level One

All local credit courses and courses that have been modified by a student's admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee as to the required content of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and reflected in the student's individualized education program (IEP) shall be categorized and weighted as Level One courses.

Weighted Grade Point Average

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

Grade

Level Four

Level Three

Level Two

Level One

100

6.5

6.0

5.0

4.0

99

6.4

5.9

4.9

3.9

98

6.3

5.8

4.8

3.8

97

6.2

5.7

4.7

3.7

96

6.1

5.6

4.6

3.6

95

6.0

5.5

4.5

3.5

94

5.9

5.4

4.4

3.4

93

5.8

5.3

4.3

3.3

92

5.7

5.2

4.2

3.2

91

5.6

5.1

4.1

3.1

90

5.5

5.0

4.0

3.0

89

5.4

4.9

3.9

2.9

88

5.3

4.8

3.8

2.8

87

5.2

4.7

3.7

2.7

86

5.1

4.6

3.6

2.6

85

5.0

4.5

3.5

2.5

84

4.9

4.4

3.4

2.4

83

4.8

4.3

3.3

2.3

82

4.7

4.2

3.2

2.2

81

4.6

4.1

3.1

2.1

80

4.5

4.0

3.0

2.0

79

4.4

3.9

2.9

1.9

78

4.3

3.8

2.8

1.8

77

4.2

3.7

2.7

1.7

76

4.1

3.6

2.6

1.6

75

4.0

3.5

2.5

1.5

74

3.9

3.4

2.4

1.4

73

3.8

3.3

2.3

1.3

72

3.7

3.2

2.2

1.2

71

3.6

3.1

2.1

1.1

70

3.5

3.0

2.0

1.0

Transferred Grades

When a student transfers semester grades for courses that would be eligible under any category defined above and the District has accepted the credit, the District shall assign weight to the grades based on the categories and grade weight system used by 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 this local graduation honor, a student must:

Have been continuously enrolled in the District high school for the two school years immediately preceding graduation;

Be graduating after exactly eight semesters of enrollment in high school;

Have completed the Recommended Program, the Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program, or the foundation program with the distinguished level of achievement; and

Have at least four credits in Pre-AP, AP, or dual credit courses.

Breaking Ties

In case of a tie in weighted GPAs, the District shall apply the following methods, in this order, to determine recognition as valedictorian:

Compute the weighted GPA to a sufficient number of decimal places until the tie is broken.

Count the number of AP and dual creditcourses taken by each student involved in the tie. For purposes of the provision, Pre-AP courses shall not be counted.

Calculate an unweighted numerical grade average using only eligible grades in AP and dual creditcourses taken by each student involved in the tie.

Senior Elite

Each student with a weighted GPA of 4.0 or higher shall be recognized as senior elite. Students graduating ahead of or behind their respective classes shall be included in the list of senior elite where applicable.

Hallettsville ISD

EIC(LOCAL)-X

LDU 2015.01

DATE ISSUED: 1/22/2015