COLUMBIA CITY â€” Course rigor is one of the goals of Whitley County Consolidated Schools.
Part of that goal is offering classes that are a challenge for students. To meet that aim, Advanced Placement (AP) classes are offered at Columbia City High School, as well as dual-course offerings with area colleges. There are also honors courses offered.
As a reward for taking more difficult classes, students receive a one-point boost in their grade point average (GPA) for taking AP classes â€” that is, a B would be counted as an A, and so on. That bonus does not exist for the honors or dual-credit classes.
â€śWe are starting to have discussions that those classes are rigorous as well, and why do we offer additional weighting (for AP) and not those other classes,â€ť said WCCS Superintendent Pat Oâ€™Connor.
Dangers that come from weighted grades, according to Oâ€™Connor, are students and parents have a false sense of accomplishment from higher GPAâ€™s. Another problem is fairness across the board.
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