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Pasco County high school students left wondering about class rank, GPA

30

January

Even after Pasco County schools distributed their first semester report cards nearly two weeks late, problems with the documents did not end.

Some high school parents and students quickly noted that the district changed the way it reported grade point averages, leading to confusion as many seniors prepare their college applications.

Instead of providing the district-level cumulative GPA, which includes only courses taken at high school, the schools listed students' state GPA, which includes all high school-level courses that students have completed. The school district uses the local GPA to determine class rank, and in the past had posted it on report cards.

It's not that the information was wrong. The district's report card vendor had fixed all the problems with incorrect data that caused the postponement. It's just that the report cards were different than they had been to this point.

Still, superintendent Kurt Browning noted in a message to staff, that "does not explain away the miscommunication."

So on Friday evening, the district ended up sending out a mea culpa to high school parents, explaining the discrepancies and pledging to avoid the same going forward:

"We have always reported the Pasco cumulative weighted GPA, but our new Student Information System automatically pulled the state cumulative weighted GPA. The error wasn't discovered until after report cards were distributed to students, but it has no impact on a student's college admission or athletics eligibility. In fact, colleges and universities only look at the state cumulative weighted GPA when making admissions decisions. In addition, student class rank and status as valedictorian or salutatorian still is based on the Pasco cumulative weighted GPA. Any student who has a question about his or her Pasco weighted GPA should see a school counselor.

"We apologize for the issues surrounding the distribution of first semester report cards and pledge to do everything possible to avoid glitches when third quarter report cards are issued. Thank you for your patience as we continue to perfect this new SIS."

Third quarter report cards are due April 3.

[Last modified: Monday, January 30, 2017 10:40am]

    

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