School board eyes options on weighted grades issue

Posted: Monday, January 10, 2005

The topic of weighted grades has sparked debate within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District recently, and it plans to adopt one of three options to clear up the matter.

The district passed changes to AR 6146.1, instituting weighted grades, in June. The changes were meant to be an incentive for students to take advanced, tougher courses with the reward of the weighted grade. However, the math showed that the grade point averages of some students suffered as a result.

According to the board, the unintended consequence of implementing weighted grades is students taking additional classes are penalized in the calculation of grade point averages for determining class rank.

Weighted grades is a topic that has encouraged students, teachers and parents to address the board in public presentation periods at the meetings.

The information packet gives a synopsis of each option:

n Option 1: The board repeals the regulation on weighted grades and returns to a nonweighted system of calculating grade point averages. The district would not use weighted grades to determine class rank. This is the preferred option of the administration.

n Option 2: The language is amended to add a value of .21 to the grade point average of students for each semester they receive a passing grade in an Advanced Placement class.

n Leave the regulation as it is.

Also on the agenda is the first reading of Section 4000 revisions. The revisions are standard and done to bring the policies up to code, according to Sam Stewart, assistant superintendent.

The school district meeting is at 7 p.m. today at the Borough Building in Soldotna.

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