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Honors classes could be worth less than AP, IB in Pinellas



Incoming freshmen in Pinellas County could find that their honor courses are worth a little less toward their grade-point averages than college-level courses offered at the high schools.

Superintendent Mike Grego said in February that he would consider changing the weighting system to make honor courses worth more than regular classes, but a little less than more rigorous Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes. The current system gives more weight to honors, AP, IB and dual-enrollment classes.

The Times wrote about the issue when it came up in February. The School Board will consider the policy change during its regular meeting Tuesday. The change would be first-read only; another vote would be required for final approval.

The proposed change, which would affect ninth graders in the 2014/15 school year, could affect class rankings and scholarships. It also could encourage more students to take college-level classes, such as AP. Students who entered ninth grade this year wouldn't see any change to the weighting system. 

To see the proposed policy change, click here and go to policy 5420.03.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 5, 2013 10:22am]


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