COLUMBIA CITY â 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 nightâs 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.
âWe will phase it in (to the studentsâ GPAs) over time,â WCCS Superintendent Pat OâConnor said. âWe currently have juniors and seniors who have weighted grades on their transcripts because they took AP courses.
âIf theyâve already taken the course, the weighted grades will remain on their GPAs, but any new classes taken will not get the weighted grade.â
Under the former program, students received five points toward their GPA if they got an âAâ in an AP course, as opposed to four points in any other class.
âThe original intent was actually to get students to enroll in the classes when they first started in the early â90s,â OâConnor said. âThe idea was to reward students for enrolling in a more rigorous class â which would help them prepare for college.â
But OâConnor said times have changed, as other rigorous courses are now available to students, without the added GPA boost.
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