EIC(LOCAL) - ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: CLASS RANKING

Calculation

The District shall include in the calculation of class rank semester grades earned in all high school credit courses regardless of when the credit was earned, except as excluded in this policy.

Exclusions

The calculation of class rank shall exclude grades earned in physical education; a course substituted for physical education; a local credit course, other than community service; or a course for which a pass/fail grade is assigned.

In addition, the calculation of class rank shall exclude grades earned through distance learning, unless the grade is earned in a distance learning course required for graduation and either assigned to the student by the District or offered as a course option along with traditional District courses.

Weighted Grade System

Categories

The District shall categorize and weight courses as Honors, Regular, and Basic, in accordance with provisions of this policy.

Honors Courses

Eligible AP, Pre-AP, and dual credit courses, as well as other courses locally designated as Honors in the academic handbook, shall be categorized and weighted as Honors courses.

Basic Courses

Eligible courses categorized and weighted as Basic courses shall be listed in the academic handbook.

Regular Courses

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

Weighted Grade Point Average (GPA)

The District shall convert semester grades to grade points and shall calculate a weighted GPA in accordance with the following chart:

Grade

Honors

Regular

Basic

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

2.5

94

4.4

3.4

2.4

93

4.3

3.3

2.3

92

4.2

3.2

2.2

91

4.1

3.1

2.1

90

4.0

3.0

2.0

89

3.9

2.9

1.9

88

3.8

2.8

1.8

87

3.7

2.7

1.7

86

3.6

2.6

1.6

85

3.5

2.5

1.5

84

3.4

2.4

1.4

83

3.3

2.3

1.3

82

3.2

2.2

1.2

81

3.1

2.1

1.1

80

3.0

2.0

1.0

79

2.9

1.9

1.0

78

2.8

1.8

1.0

77

2.7

1.7

1.0

76

2.6

1.6

1.0

75

2.5

1.5

1.0

74

2.4

1.4

1.0

73

2.3

1.3

1.0

72

2.2

1.2

1.0

71

2.1

1.1

1.0

70

2.0

1.0

1.0

Transferred Grades

When a student transfers grades for properly documented courses, the District shall assign weight to those grades based on the categories and grade weight system used by the District but shall award Honors weight only if the same courses are 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 at the end of the fall semester. No grades from the spring semester shall be used in the calculation.

For the purpose of applications to institutions of higher education, the District shall also calculate class ranking 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 ranking 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 ranking, 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; and

Have completed the Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program for graduation.

Breaking Ties

In case of a tie in weighted GPAs after calculation to the thousandths place, the District shall recognize all students involved in the tie as sharing the honor and title.

Honor Graduates

The District shall recognize at the graduation ceremony the students with the ten highest class rankings in the graduating class.

Rice ISD-Navarro County

EIC(LOCAL)-X

UPDATE 98

DATE ISSUED: 10/9/2013