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4/17/18 - GPA/ RANK COMMITTE BOARD MEETING SUMMARY
RISD’s Board of Trustees voted to approve one element of the proposed new Class Rank/GPA guidelines that have been studied and discussed since the spring of 2016. The vote primarily impacts students in two grade levels next school year — incoming 9th and 12th graders.

Beginning with incoming freshman in the Fall of 2018, non-articulated dual credit courses and OnRamps courses will be aligned with AP courses. This allows all college credit-bearing courses to receive 10 quality points toward a student’s cumulative GPA.

For the incoming senior class of Fall 2018, a student’s class rank will not be calculated or reported except for the top 10% of a given class. The class rank shall not appear on any student’s transcript, or academic achievement record. RISD will also provide each student in the top 10% a certificate of class rank containing the student’s specific numerical rank out of the total class size.

The proposals related to weighted, tiered GPAs and selection of courses for the top 10% and cumulative GPAs will continue to be studied by the Class Rank/GPA committee with the goal of the RISD Board of Trustees taking action no later than December, 2018.

Due to these proposals needing additional study, high school credit-bearing courses taken prior to 9th grade, during junior high, will continue to be exempted from a student’s cumulative GPA and top 10% ranking.


4/2/18 - GPA/ RANK COMMITTE BOARD MEETING
The board continued the ongoing discussions about potential changes to the district GPA/Class Rank policy, as studied and recommended by the GPA/Rank Committee after substantial public input. Trustees will revisit the issue at a future meeting.

See the GPA & Rank presentation

Learn more about the work of the GPA/Rank Committee

Learn more about the April 2, 2018 regular board meeting, including video


2/20/18 - GPA/RANK COMMITTEE BOARD MEETING SUMMARY
On Monday, February 19, the GPA/Rank Committee presented a second reading of proposed changes in the current RISD GPA/Raking policies to the Richardson ISD School Board. The GPA/Rank committee has been working since the spring of 2016 to develop the proposals that were brought forth on January 22 and February 19, to the board in regards to the use of ranking for graduation purposes, how GPA would be calculated for ranking purposes and college admissions, and moving to a weighted GPA from a quality points system.

The committee spent the fall semester meeting with our community members through listening tours that were conducted at our high school campuses. These meetings were designed so the committee could share with the community the proposed changes we would take to the board for the first reading that was conducted on January 22. The information we received from our community during these tours was then taken into consideration and help to drive changes that were made to the initial proposals that were presented in the first reading on January 22. During the months of January and February, the committee then conducted listening tours at a junior high campus in each feeder pattern to share with the community the proposals that were presented to the board during the first reading. During the junior high listening tours, the committee shared with the community that the proposals that were being presented were not final and that additional changes would be considered based upon the feedback we were provided from our community and best practices from other districts around the state.

During the board meeting on February 19, the committee provided suggested proposals during the second reading. These proposals were based off of feedback we received through our community listening tours.

Ranking for Graduation:
Upon completing the community listening tours, the community has overwhelmingly been in favor of stopping the policy of ranking outside of the top 10%. They have asked that this policy to take effect with the Senior Class of 2019. They have also shared concerns about a proposal from the first reading which stated that RISD would not providing ranking information to students until their sophomore year.

Upon conclusion of these community listening tours, the committee is providing these proposals for the second reading:

  • Student’s class rank not be calculated or reported except for the top 10% of a given class.
  • The class rank shall not appear on any student’s academic achievement record (transcript).
  • Students will be provided with a cumulative weighted cumulative GPA at the end of 9th grade, again at the end of their 10th and 11th grade years with a final weighted GPA at the end of the 3rd 9 weeks of their senior year.
  • Each campus will post the weighted ranking GPA earned by students currently in the top 10%, in quartiles. Students will then be able to compare their weighted ranking GPA to these scores to determine possible top 10% rankings.
  • RISD will also provide to each student in the top 10% a certificate of class rank containing the student’s specific numerical rank out of the specific total class size.
  • The committee proposes that the changes to rank begin immediately with the Senior Class of 2019.
GPA for Ranking and College Admissions:
Upon completing our listening tours, the community understood and was in favor of the proposal for two GPA’s. The community approved of the cumulative GPA that would be used by all students for graduation and submitted for college admissions.

The proposal for ranking GPA is the piece where parents shared numerous concerns and are requesting much more information. The feedback about why a ranking GPA should be used was favorable but the community has asked for more information about how many classes would be counted, which classes would be counted, and if junior high classes would be included in this subset of courses for ranking GPA.

The ranking GPA proposal would be for students entering 8th grade in the fall of 2018 and then entering 9th grade in the fall of 2019 and beyond, the class ranking shall be determined by awarding weighted grade points to all semesters grades earned in the 16 courses used to satisfy the following requirements for the Foundation High School Program. Any course that is used in the calculation of ranking GPA taken in 8th grade and above will receive weighted grade points. Courses used in the calculation of ranking GPA taken in 7th grade or lower will not receive grade points. If a student takes two linked courses that count towards GPA (ex. Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, Pre-AP Biology and AP Biology), only the course taken first will count towards ranking GPA. (Due to this option containing grades from the junior high being calculated into GPA and rank, this would need to start with an incoming class of 9th graders who are aware of this change before their 8th grade year. This option also allows for RISD to determine the effectiveness of the junior high GT accelerate Science sequence and Pre-AP Physics with our current 8th grade GT students. RISD is in the process of addressing this Science sequence for our junior high GT students and proposing changes. Thus, any student in 7-12th grades this school year, 2017-2018 will not be affected by this change, it would only begin with students in 7th grade for the 2017-2018 school year.)

Credits of English Language Arts
  • English I
  • English II
  • English III
  • English IV
  Credits of Mathematics
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II (Students electing Career Experiences that allow a substitute for Algebra II will use the substituted course as their second math GPA credit)
  3 Credits of Science
  • Biology
  • IPC (Students electing Career Experiences that allow IPC as a substitute for Chemistry or Physics will use the substituted IPC as one of their science GPA credits)
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  4 Credits of Social Studies
  • World Geography/AP Human Geography
  • World History
  • US History
  • US Government (1/2 credit)
  • Economics (1/2 credit)
  2 Credits of World Languages
  • Two credits in the same language
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Upon conclusion of these community listening tours, the committee is providing these proposals for the second reading:
  • The committee proposes providing two GPA’s - Ranking GPA to determine Valedictorian, Salutatorian, Top 10 Graduates, Honor Graduates and Top 10% for Automatic Admission Policies; and a weighted cumulative GPA that would be used by all students for graduation and submitting college admissions.
  • The class ranking shall be determined by awarding a weighted ranking GPA to all semesters grades earned in the 16 identified courses used to satisfy requirements for the Foundation High School Program.
  • A weighted cumulative GPA would be used by all students for graduation and submitting college admissions minus exemptions that would be listed in RISD board policy. The exempted courses would be credit by exam, AP examinations, driver’s education, local credit designated courses and examination for acceleration.
  • Any course that is used in the calculation of ranking or cumulative GPA’s that are taken in 8th grade and above will receive weighted grade points.
  • Propose that the changes to GPA begin with the incoming 8th grade Class of 2018, which would be the incoming 9th grade Class of 2019.
Weighted GPA
Upon completing the listening tours, the community has overwhelmingly been in favor of using a three tier system with all tier 1 courses being weighted the same for college level courses at a 5.0, tier 2 courses to be weighted at a 4.5 and tier 3’s to be a 4.0. The implementation of the integrated grading scale helped to alleviate the concerns that had been brought forth about ties and leveling the playing field for weighting grades. Example: A 99 and a 91 would not both be weighted a 5.0 but now at 4.9 and a 4.1.

Upon conclusion of these community listening tours, the committee is providing these proposals:

The committee proposed that the weighted GPA would convert semester grades earned in eligible courses to grade points using a transparent 3 tier system. With tier 1 being college credit bearing courses for a 5.0, tier 2 for a 4.5 and tier 3 for no additional weighted opportunities.
  • Tier 1 -Examples of eligible courses - Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Credit, and OnRamps courses weighted at 5.0.
  • Tier 2 - Examples of possible eligible courses- Honors, Academic Decathlon, and Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) courses weighted at 4.5.
  • Tier 3 – All other courses not categorized as level 1 or level 2 shall be weighted as level 3 at 4.0.

Weighted grade points for GPA would include an integrated grading scale and begin with the 2018-2019 class of incoming freshmen.


01/30/18 - GPA /RANK COMMITTEE LISTENING TOUR
RISD’s GPA/Rank Committee is holding additional public meetings to share their recommendations for changes to RISD's GPA and Class Rank procedures and receive feedback. The group — comprised of students, teachers, parents, counselors, and building and central office administrators — is chaired by Dr. Todd Kettler, Asst. Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas.

Meeting Dates

  • Jan. 29 – West Junior High Library, 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 30 – Parkhill Junior High Library, 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 31 – Lake Highlands Junior High Library, 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 6 – Liberty Junior High Library, 6 p.m.

Employees and parents are welcome to attend, ask questions and provide feedback.

See the initial recommendations


01/23/18 - GPA/RANK COMMITTEE UPDATE
This committee has been working for the last 18 months to research and evaluate RISD's current GPA and Class Rank practices with the purpose of arriving at recommendations to update and improve how RISD handles those issues. Initial committee findings and recommendations were reported to the Board, including feedback gathered at recent public parent meetings throughout the district. Recommendations were arrived at based on an evaluation of college admissions processes and trends of school district practices across Texas and the U.S., with the end goal including how to best position RISD graduates for successful college admission while eliminating disadvantages.

Initial recommendations include:

  • Class Rank would not be calculated or reported outside of the Top 10%
  • Class Rank would not appear on a student’s transcript
  • Weighted GPA would be provided to students
  • Students in the Top 10% would be provided with Certificate of Class Rank
  • Changes would take effect with the incoming 2018-19 Freshman Class.

Any changes to Class Rank & GPA practices would not be applied retroactively to current RISD high school students. Next steps will include an additional series of public parent/teacher/student meetings to gather feedback about the specific recommendations before the Board would take action to adopt changes at a future meeting.

See the GPA/Rank Presentation


12/6/18 - GPA /RANK COMMITTEE LISTENING TOUR IS UNDERWAY
RISD’s GPA/Rank Committee will resume its listening tour this week. The group—comprised of students, teachers, parents, counselors, and building and central office administration—is chaired by Dr. Todd Kettler, Asst. Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas. Discussion has focused on equity and fairness related to RISD class rank and GPA procedures at the secondary level. With the Berkner, Lake Highlands and Richardson HS meetings complete, upcoming dates are:

Dec. 6 – Pearce HS Library, 6 p.m.

Parents, staff and stakeholders are welcome to attend to learn more about the work of the committee, ask questions, and provide feedback.


11/28/17 - GPA /RANK COMMITTEE LISTENING TOUR IS UNDERWAY
RISD’s GPA/Rank Committee will resume its listening tour this week. The group—comprised of students, teachers, parents, counselors, and building and central office administration—is chaired by Dr. Todd Kettler, Asst. Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas. Discussion has focused on equity and fairness related to RISD class rank and GPA procedures at the secondary level. With the Berkner HS meeting complete, upcoming dates are:

Nov. 28 – Lake Highlands HS Library, 6 p.m.
Dec. 5 – Richardson HS Library, 6 p.m.
Dec. 6 – Pearce HS Library, 6 p.m.

Parents, staff and stakeholders are welcome to attend to learn more about the work of the committee, ask questions, and provide feedback.

5/10/17 - The GPA/Rank Committee met to continue our work on May 10. During this meeting, our subcommittees shared their findings on their research topics. Each subcommittee was asked to including in their research the background for their topic as well as the pros and cons for its use with our students. Topics that were researched and discussed:

  • Quality points
  • Weighted grades
  • CORE courses that could be used for grade and rank calculations.
  • How many CORE subjects could be used for grade and rank calculations. EX: 4X4, 4X6, or unlimited
  • Comparison of Calculation Options - specifically compare how we currently calculate Top 10%, Val, and Sal and what the differences would be if we used only CORE courses for these calculations.
As we have worked through all of the different scenarios for grade calculations and ranking, we have found that some topics cannot be changed, due to state regulations, and others have many different options available. Due to the variety in options, it is difficult to make decisions on which would be best for our students without more input from our campuses and stake holders.

The committee would like to prepare different options and present them in the fall of 2017 at campus/community listening tours. Based on the information gathered during these tours, we would then be able to make a proposal to the board which would include the best possible options for student success. We will meet again on May 24 to conclude our work for the 2016-2017 school year.

4/19/17 - The GPA/Rank Committee continued its work of evaluating RISD’s present RISD GPA and ranking polices, evaluating which courses should be used to determine Top 10%, and Valedictorian and Salutatorian calculations. The committee proposes that only core courses be used to determine these calculations. The courses within core areas that could be used are being discussed further. The committee decided to recommend that the courses used to calculate GPA for all students should be every course they have taken for high school credit, minus the current exceptions listed in EIC local district operating guidebook.

4/5/17 - On April 5, the GPA/Rank Committee met to continue its work toward the development of a GPA policy. Members reviewed practices at 19 school districts throughout the state for wording and protocols that RISD may consider for future policies.

3/27/17- The committee has reached consensus to recommend that RISD not rank students outside of the top ten 10%, which complies with State of Texas law that the District must rank the top 10%. With this recommendation reached, the committee will shift focus to issues surrounding GPA calculation. Dr. Stone and Mrs. Branum will take the committee’s complete recommendation on GPA and class rank to the Board of Trustees for consideration later this calendar year.

3/1/17 - The committee continued examining the ranking process. Based upon the activity completed during the last meeting, all members were asked to share their thoughts about how not ranking students outside of the Top 10% could positively or negatively affect RISD students.

2/8/17 - The GPA/Rank Committee explored how rank effects RISD students’ ability to be admitted into colleges/universities. Using a ranking activity members were asked to take on the role of a college admissions officer. The only information given to members, about the students, was their GPA, an ACT score and how many AP courses they had taken. Using only this data, members determined who would have been admitted into the college/university. Upon making admission decisions, participants were then given one last piece of data: student ranking. Members were then asked to reexamine the student’s possible admission based upon only their rank. This activity was very eye opening to just how much rank could be adversely affecting RISD students’ opportunity to be admitted to an institution of higher learning.

1/18/17 - The committee examined ways that current RISD policy might not be meeting the standards of equity/fairness and simplicity/transparency. Through these conversations, the topic of equity in courses with quality points was brought to the forefront. The committee began looking at possible ways to address this equity concern by suggesting that quality points possibly be available for CORE courses only or possibly providing quality points on a level system.

12/6/16 - The GPA/Rank Committee met to begin work for the 2016-2017 school year. During this meeting, members established a purpose for their work. Members reached consensus that the goal was to create a system that would help to alleviate the stress that many RISD students are feeling while allowing the process to be equitable and fair but yet simple to understand and transparent.
     
 
 
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