School board adopts advanced placement grade policy

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

Aug. 28, 2012 at 3:28 a.m.
Updated Aug. 29, 2012 at 3:29 a.m.

Future students taking advanced placement classes will get a boost in their grade point averages starting next school year.

In a 5-1 vote Tuesday, the Victoria school district approved a class rank policy that goes into effect with the 2013-14 freshman class.

"It's unfortunate that we can't more aggressively adopt this policy for this year," said Lou Svetlik, board trustee before making the motion to adopt.

The proposed extra weight would increase the dual credit and advance placement multiplier from 1.10 to 1.15 and the pre-advanced placement multiplier from 1.05 to 1.10.

Diane Boyett, school district communications director, said the policy would reduce the fear behind taking an advanced course load.

The district takes the final grade for a student's advanced courses and multiples it by the multipliers.

For example, if a student finishes an advanced placement course with an 85, the final grade is multiplied by 1.10, which generates a 93.5 course average.

With the new policy in place, that 85 final grade would increase to 97.75.

"I'm pleased that the board recognizes the need to increase the multiplier," said Ross Mansker, board trustee, before saying he would vote against the policy. "This just doesn't address the kids currently in school," Mansker said. "I just wanted more for the kids."

Another words of contention on the new class rank adopted policy came from board vice-president Bernard Klimist.

"I hope teachers understand we're not leaving the instruction where it is," Klimist said. "I don't agree with this policy in principle but I will give the superintendent my vote on this," Klimist said.



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