Chesterfield school board to vote on GPA changes

By Beth Danziger - bio | email

Posted by Colby Rogers

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - The Chesterfield School Board is considering a proposal Tuesday night that would modify the GPA weighting for honors and advanced placement courses.

The county's high school principals have been working on the proposal for more than a year. They say it will not only put students on the same playing field but also push them to challenge themselves.

Under the current guidelines, the two types of classes are weighted equally. The proposal would make an honors class worth 4.5 points and an advanced placement class worth five points.

Those supporting the plan say the change in points will reflect the difference between what they see as high school-level coursework and college-level coursework.

Some high school seniors agree with the proposed changes. They say if the proposed system had been in place when they were freshman they might have taken the higher advanced placement courses instead of honors classes.

Although the GPA for the two types of classes is currently weighted the same, students successfully completing an advanced placement class can be eligible for college credits after high school.

If the new system passes, it will start with freshmen entering high school in 2010.

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