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GPA SCALE: WCCS weighs grade bonuses

March 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 — 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.

“We 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,” said WCCS Superintendent Pat O’Connor.

Dangers that come from weighted grades, according to O’Connor, are students and parents have a false sense of accomplishment from higher GPA’s. Another problem is fairness across the board.

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