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DOWNGRADED: WCCS removes weighted grades

August 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — High schools in Columbia City will no longer offer weighted grades to students taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees removed the program by a unanimous vote at Monday night’s board meeting, affecting students at both Columbia City High School and Eagle Tech Academy.

The change will be phased in over the next two years.

“We will phase it in (to the students’ GPAs) over time,” WCCS Superintendent Pat O’Connor said. “We currently have juniors and seniors who have weighted grades on their transcripts because they took AP courses.

“If they’ve already taken the course, the weighted grades will remain on their GPAs, but any new classes taken will not get the weighted grade.”
Under the former program, students received five points toward their GPA if they got an “A” in an AP course, as opposed to four points in any other class.

“The original intent was actually to get students to enroll in the classes when they first started in the early ‘90s,” O’Connor said. “The idea was to reward students for enrolling in a more rigorous class — which would help them prepare for college.”

But O’Connor said times have changed, as other rigorous courses are now available to students, without the added GPA boost.

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