2013 Grading Practices Committee and Feedback
Henrico County Public Schools formed the 2013 Grading Practices Committee (GPC) in January 2013. The committee was charged with exploring two possibilities: (1) changing the current HCPS grading policy from a seven point scale to a ten point scale; and (2) changing the current weighting system from .17 to a 1.0 scale. A third issue was added during the committee’s first meeting. The committee will also consider if the weight value of honors vs. advanced courses should be differentiated.
The committee consists of 60+ individuals (teachers, parents, administrators, and students). Also, university admissions counselors are providing insight as well.
Rationale for the GPA Committee
Numerous Virginia school divisions (20 of the largest 25) use or have recently moved to a ten point grading scale. Among those divisions are Fairfax, Prince William, Virginia Beach, Loudoun, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Stafford. The school division wants to ensure that its students are competitive with other large Virginia school divisions when it comes to college admission, merit-based scholarships and college honors programs.
Activities Associated with the Committee’s Work
- The first meeting was held on February 26, 2013. The second meeting is scheduled on March 19, 2013.
- Information under review by the committee is posted on the website. The following documents are available:
- Grading Practices Committee Tentative Timeline of Activities
- Grading Practices Review (Includes information on what other districts have done)
- Cumulative Grade Point Average (Taken from the current Grades 6-12 Planning Guide)
- Regulation R7-08-005: Guidelines Pertaining to Honors and Advanced Placement Classes
- Regulation R7-09-006: Procedure for Computing Class Rank
- HCPS Transcript Study and associated PowerPoint Presentation
- GPA Example: Application of Calculation Options
- What Universities Say
- Group Reports from the First Meeting
- The committee will discuss potential implementation timelines and possibilities at the March 19, 2013, meeting.
- A staff and community survey will be conducted in April 2013.
- Two community forums will be held in April 2013.
- Final recommendations to the School Board from the committee will occur in May 2013.
- The School Board will consider approval of recommendations in June 2013.
- Second meeting (March 19) documents:
As work continues, additional documents and information will be posted on the web site.
Questions may be directed to:
Dr. Patrick C. Kinlaw
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