EIC(LOCAL) - ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: CLASS RANKING

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

The valedictorian and salutatorian shall be the eligible students with the highest and second highest ranking as determined by the District's class ranking procedure described in this policy.

Eligibility

To be eligible for valedictorian and salutatorian honors, a student must have been continuously enrolled in the District high school for the four semesters preceding graduation and must have completed the Recommended High School Program or the Advanced/Distin-guished Achievement Program for graduation.

Beginning in grade 9 in the 2014–15 school year, a student must have been continuously enrolled in the District high school for the four semesters preceding graduation and must have completed the foundation program with the distinguished level of achievement for graduation to quality for valedictorian and salutatorian honors.

The valedictorian shall be the student who obtains the highest grade point average to the fourth decimal place. In the event of a tie, the valedictorian shall be chosen according to the following criteria:

The student with the most AP courses shall be considered first.

If a tie still remains, the student with the highest numerical grade average of all AP courses shall be the valedictorian.

The salutatorian shall be the student who obtains the second highest grade point average. In the event of a tie, cosalutatorians shall be named.

No high-ranking boy or girl shall be named.

Conduct

To qualify to give the valedictory or salutatory speech, a student shall not have committed any serious violation of the Student Code of Conduct during the last four semesters.

District Honor Graduates

All eligible students whose grade point averages comprise the top ten percent of the graduating class, who have been a District senior the entire last year of high school, and who complete the Recommended Program, Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program, or the foundation program with the distinguished level of achievement for graduation shall be recognized as District honor graduates.

For District recognition as an honor graduate, a three-year graduate shall be allowed to tie in rank with a four-year graduate, but shall not be allowed to displace a four-year graduate. A three-year graduate shall be allowed to displace a four-year graduate for the purpose of automatic admission under the Texas Education Code. Three-year graduates shall not be eligible for valedictorian or salutatorian honors.

Early Graduates

A three-year graduate must be a District senior his or her entire last year of high school to be eligible as a District honor graduate. For ranking purposes, a school year begins on the first day of instruction and ends on the last day of instruction.

A student who completes the high school program requirements in fewer than four years shall be ranked in the class with which he or she actually graduates.

To be eligible to graduate in three years, the student shall complete all coursework and state exit-level testing required of the ninth grade class in which he or she began high school. For purposes of clarification, fourth-year graduates who complete their course of study early are not defined as three-year graduates.

State and local regulations shall allow a student to graduate in three years if all graduation requirements are met. Students wishing to graduate in three years should follow the guidelines listed below:

Submit to the counselor for approval a three-year plan for graduation, listing courses to be taken from an education agency other than the District.

Sign a form indicating awareness of all guidelines pertaining to early graduation.

Students must have passed all parts of the most recently administered, required, state testing.

Courses taken for credit by correspondence shall be limited to two state and one local credit.

Summer school courses may be taken for remediation or acceleration upon counselor approval. Remediation courses are those that a student has previously taken but did not receive credit for.

Students shall not qualify as honor graduates unless they have earned credits to be classified as a senior on the first school day of their third year.

Credits earned by summer school, credit-by-examination, and correspondence courses shall not receive grade points or count in class ranking.

Students must complete all state and local graduation requirements for the year in which they entered high school.

Class Rank Calculation

Class rank shall be calculated by averaging grade points earned in grades 9–12. The numeric semester average shall earn grade points according to the District-weighted grade point scale. Students shall be ranked initially at the end of the second semester, then after the fourth semester, after the sixth semester, and again at the end of the seventh semester. Final class rank shall be calculated at the end of the fifth grading period of the senior year. Remedial and other identified courses may not earn the same number of grade points as regular courses.

Modified Courses/Office Aide

Courses that have been modified by the student's ARD committee as to the required content of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and reflected in the student's IEP shall not earn the same number of grade points as regular courses; however, courses modified as to methodology shall earn the same number of grade points assigned to regular courses.

The course for office aide shall receive modified grade points.

Limitations and Exclusions

Grades earned in correspondence courses, distance learning courses, credit by examination with prior instruction, credit by examination without prior instruction, examinations for acceleration, and summer school shall not count toward determination of class rank.

Grades for high school courses taken at a junior high or middle school campus shall not count toward class rank; however, grades earned by eighth grade students in high school courses taken at the high school campus shall count toward class rank.

Courses taken at a college or university campus for college credit only shall not receive high school credit and shall not count toward class rank.

Weighted Grade Scale

Effective for students entering Grade 12 in the 2015–16 school year, courses shall be divided into four categories and earn the assigned weighted grade as outlined below:

Effective for students entering Grades 9–11 in the 2015–16 school year and beyond, courses shall be divided into three categories and earn the assigned weighted grade as outlined below:

Transfer Credit

Students transferring into the District shall receive the numerical grades that were earned in courses at another school. Letter grades shall be recorded as follows unless the sending school provides its own correlation. Transfer students shall be awarded weighted grade points for those courses that are transcribed as Honors, Pre-AP, dual enrollment, AP, or IB and are listed as one of the designated weighted grade point courses offered to District students. The District shall not award credit for a course if the transferring grade did not meet passing criteria for the sending school.

Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD

EIC(LOCAL)-X

LDU 2015.02

DATE ISSUED: 6/18/2015