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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.
     
 
 
 
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