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 in grades 9–12 only, unless excluded below.

The calculation shall include failing grades.

Exclusions

The calculation of class rank shall exclude grades earned in distance learning courses, including correspondence courses, unless the course is assigned by the District or taken at the District high school; any course for which a pass/fail grade is assigned; any course taken at the District's alternative high school; a dual credit course taken anywhere other than a District high school; any course for which credit is earned outside the regular school day or school year; any course taken for credit recovery; or through credit by examination, with or without prior instruction.

The exclusions regarding credit earned outside of the regular school year and for dual credit taken anywhere other than a District high school shall not apply to a student who attends the early college high school as long as the credit satisfies a high school equivalent course needed for graduation.

Duplicate courses, which are courses that a student repeats after having already earned credit, shall not be calculated into class rank calculations.

Weighted Grade System

Categories

The District shall categorize and weight eligible courses as Tier V, Tier IV, Tier III, Tier II, and Tier I in accordance with provisions of this policy and as designated in appropriate District publications.

Tier V

Tier V courses shall be courses that access grade-level Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS); cover nationally recognized standards; and may be designed to earn college credit, industry certification, or licensure. Eligible Advanced Placement (AP) courses, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme courses, and dual credit courses shall be categorized and weighted as Tier V courses.

Tier IV

Tier IV courses shall be courses that access grade-level TEKS with an additional emphasis on advanced content and a focus on deeper understanding of the course material. Eligible Pre-AP courses, IB Middle Years Programme courses, and other locally designated honors courses shall be categorized and weighted as Tier IV courses.

Tier III

Eligible courses designed to address and access grade-level TEKS shall be categorized and weighted as Tier III courses.

Tier II

Eligible courses for which grade-level TEKS are accessed through modified curriculum or content; courses for which no TEKS exist, such as teacher aide or library aide; and local credit courses shall be categorized and weighted as Tier II courses.

Tier I

Eligible courses for which grade-level TEKS are accessed only through prerequisite skills shall be considered Tier I courses and shall be designated in appropriate District publications.

Weighted Numerical Grade Average

The District shall assign bonus points for semester grades earned in eligible courses in accordance with the following chart. The bonus points shall be totaled for all semester grades and added to the final unweighted numerical grade average to determine a weighted numerical grade average.

Category

Weight

Tier V

plus 0.40

Tier IV

plus 0.25

Tier III

plus 0.05

Tier II

plus 0

Tier I

plus 0

No bonus points shall be accumulated for failing grades.

The District shall record unweighted numerical course grades on student transcripts.

The District shall convert a student's numerical weighted grade average to a grade point average (GPA) in accordance with the following chart:

Weighted Numerical

Grade Average

GPA Conversion

100

4.000

99

3.9334

98

3.8668

97

3.8001

96

3.7334

95

3.6668

94

3.6001

93

3.5334

92

3.4667

91

3.4001

90

3.3334

89

3.2667

88

3.2001

87

3.1334

86

3.0667

85

3.0001

84

2.9334

83

2.8667

82

2.8000

81

2.7334

80

2.6667

79

2.6000

78

2.5334

77

2.4667

76

2.4000

75

2.3334

74

2.2667

73

2.2000

72

2.1333

71

2.0667

70

2.0000

69

1.9000

68

1.8000

67

1.7000

66

1.6000

65

1.5000

64

1.4000

63

1.3000

62

1.2000

61

1.1000

60

1.0000

59

0.9835

58

0.9669

57

0.9502

56

0.9335

55

0.9169

54

0.9002

53

0.8835

52

0.8668

51

0.8502

50

0.8335

49

0.8168

48

0.8002

47

0.7835

46

0.7668

45

0.7502

44

0.7335

43

0.7168

42

0.7001

41

0.6835

40

0.6668

39

0.6501

38

0.6335

37

0.6168

36

0.6001

35

0.5835

34

0.5668

33

0.5501

32

0.5334

31

0.5168

30

0.5001

29

0.4834

28

0.4668

27

0.4501

26

0.4334

25

0.4168

24

0.4001

23

0.3834

22

0.3667

21

0.3501

20

0.3334

19

0.3167

18

0.3001

17

0.2834

16

0.2667

15

0.2501

14

0.2334

13

0.2167

12

0.2000

11

0.1834

10

0.1667

9

0.1500

8

0.1334

7

0.1167

6

0.1000

5

0.0834

4

0.0667

3

0.0500

2

0.0333

1

0.0167

The District shall record the weighted numerical grade average and the GPA on student transcripts.

Transferred Grades

When a student transfers semester grades for courses that would be eligible to be included in class rank calculations 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 systems, the District shall assign additional weight to the grades based on the categories and grade weight system used by the District.

Letter grades shall be converted as follows:

A+

100

C+

79

A

95

C

77

A-

90

C-

75

B+

89

D+

74

B

85

D

72

B-

80

D-

70

F

69 – 0

If there is no designated numerical value for the letter grade of "F," the "F" shall be converted to a numerical grade of 50.

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 semester grades available at the time of calculation at the end of the fifth six-week grading period of the senior year. For students in grade 12 enrolled in a dual credit course, the spring midterm grade shall be used 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 District high school for the four semesters immediately preceding graduation;
  2. Be graduating after exactly eight semesters of enrollment in high school; and
  3. Have completed the foundation program with the distinguished level of achievement.

An early college high school student who is classified as a sophomore, junior, or senior and who transfers to a traditional comprehensive District high school or returns to the student's home high school shall not be eligible for valedictorian or salutatorian honors.

Ties

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

Permanent Honor Roll

Permanent honor roll for each school shall include all students in the graduating class who have earned a weighted numerical average of at least 95. For purposes of determining permanent honor roll, the required weighted numerical grade average must be achieved without rounding.

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.

However, an early college high school student who is classified as a sophomore, junior, or senior and who transfers to a traditional comprehensive District high school or returns to the student's home high school shall not be eligible for consideration as the highest-ranking graduate for this purpose.

Corpus Christi ISD

EIC(LOCAL)-X

LDU 2019.06

DATE ISSUED: 10/22/2019