214.  CLASS RANK - Pg.

214.  CLASS RANK

1.        Purpose

The Board acknowledges the necessity for a system of computing grade point averages and class rank for secondary school students to inform students, parents/ guardians and others of their relative academic placement among their peers.

2.        Authority

The Board authorizes a system of class rank, by grade point average, for students in grades 9-12. All students shall be ranked together.

3.        Guidelines

Class rank shall be computed by the final grade in all subjects for which credit is awarded.

Any two (2) or more students whose computed grade point averages are identical shall be given the same rank. The rank of the student who immediately follows a tied position will be determined by the number of students preceding and not by the rank of the proceeding person.

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A student's grade point average and rank in class shall be entered on the student's record and transcripts and shall be subject to Board policy on release of student records.

Weighted Grades

Grades in senior high school courses designated as Advanced Placement (AP) or Honors will be weighted when determining class rank.  All Advanced Placement courses will be increased by .10 times the numerical value of the letter grade, contingent upon the student signing up for the AP examination before October 31st and completion of the AP examination in May.  Any student who does not sign up and take the AP examination will receive Honors weight.  Honors courses will be increased .01 times the numerical value of the letter grade.

For example, a student earning a letter grade of an "A," which is equivalent to 4.0 in an Honors course, would be credited with a weighted grade of 4.04 for purposes of class rank and GPA.  A student earning a letter grade of an “A” in an Advanced Placement (AP) course and completing the examination in May would be credited 4.4 for purposes of class rank and GPA.

4.        Delegation of         Responsibility

The Superintendent or designee shall develop procedures for computing grade point averages and assigning class rank to implement this policy, which shall include a statement of the methods for computation and rank assignment for those to whom a student's grade point average and class rank are released.

Revision of 11/20/17 becomes effective for the 2018-2019 Freshman class

PA Code

Title 22

Sec. 4.24

Board Policy

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