Weighted Grades Committee presents recommendations

The Weighted Grades Committee was formed to review Milford’s policy on weighting AP class grades, and to determine if we should add weight to honors classes that are not AP level.  The committee consisted of administrators, teachers, a community member, and a board member.

Research shows overwhelmingly that students who challenge themselves and take honors or AP classes during high school are much more likely to succeed in college.  To encourage this, many schools add a weight to the grade of a student earning a C or above in an honors or AP class, which adds to their overall GPA.  Out of 11 schools surveyed and with whom our students compete for college admission and scholarships, Milford was the only school that did not add weight to honors classes.

While colleges generally understand how schools weight their grades, it is unclear how grant and scholarship organizations view grades.  Many parents feel their children are at a disadvantage when compared to other schools with weighted classes, even though the actual grades may be the same.  In fact, when translating a sample Milford student’s grade point into the grade point for different schools, there was a difference of up to .5!

Based on the research and how other schools are approaching the situation, the committee recommended to increase the current AP class weighting to .03 from .025, and to add a weight of .015 to honors classes.  While this change will take place in August, it will NOT affect class rank.

There are still questions to be addressed, including how to handle post-secondary classes, and the committee will continue to work out the details.

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One Response to “Weighted Grades Committee presents recommendations”

  1. Barb Brown Says:

    I agree with weighting for honors and AP classes. My daughter took both during her high school career and I think it is the only fair way to recognize students for challenging themselves.

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