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GPA/Rank Committee
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Meeting Summaries

 
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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