Metro Schools announced Monday it is changing its high school grade point average calculations to encourage and reward students who choose tougher academic courses.
The district will convert to a 5-point GPA in two phases, beginning with students in grades nine, 10 and 11 this year and students in grade 12 next year.
"The weighted GPA will encourage students to enroll in advanced, rigorous courses of study," Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register said in a news release. "We want all our students to graduate prepared for college and career. This change is another step in cultivating a strong college-going culture in our district."
Under the new policy, students will receive an additional one point weight for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.
Students will receive a 0.5 weight for dual enrollment and honors courses.
Two GPAs will now be recorded on student transcripts, a weighted 5-point GPA and an unweighted 4-point GPA, often requested by universities who want school districts to encourage students to take more advanced courses.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:21 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:21:11 GMT
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