Pinellas will consider making honors classes worth less than IB, AP
Incoming ninth graders in Pinellas County could find their honors classes less valuable in grade-point calculations than challenging college-level courses.
The School Board will consider Tuesday whether to change the current practice that ranks honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate the same for the purpose of GPAs. On a five-point scale, those classes merit a 5, while regular classes get a 4. With the proposal, students entering high school in the 2014/15 school year still would get a 5 for IB and AP classes but a 4.5 for honors.
The board already approved the change on first read. This is the final vote.
Some other school districts already differentiate between the value of honors and AP or IB for GPA calculation, including Hillsborough and Palm Beach counties. Superintendent Mike Grego floated the idea a year ago.