Be careful with weighting classes. The school my son attends weights classes and last year it would have raised his cum if he had dropped Physics and Band, two classes that are not weighted. His grades for those classes were 100 and 99. Yes, he's in the running for tops in his class and there were students who either dropped or did not take those same classes in order to enhance their chances.I guess what I'm saying is that weighting to heavily can have adverse affects on participation in non weighted classes.
Tony George Math Department Chair Attica High School 3338 East Main Street Attica, NY 14011 585-591-0400 ext. 1117
>>> William Wickes <email@example.com> 11/10/12 1:23 PM >>> Hi Michelle, I will find out what is done at the school where my husband teaches, but in the meantime I can tell you what is done at the school our children attend. Up until 2011, AP classes in our school were not weighted differently from other classes. Due to parental pressure, the school began weighting (effective 2011.) However, in reality the AP classes continue with exactly the same weight as non-AP, so all the changes had a zero net effect. Parents of AP students, (such as my husband and I) had hoped the weighting of AP would accurately show that the APs were more challenging- therefore deserving of a higher weight. (This is the way it is done in the other local schools.)Parental pressure from non AP parents maintained that regular classes also receive an AP (higher) weighting because their children find the regular classes challenging. I know this won?t help you, but that is how it?s done in our district currently. Do you teach the AP courses? I am very interested in your opinion on grade weighting. Thank you. F. Wickes
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Michelle VanEtten Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2012 8:22 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: weighting AP classes
My school is looking at how we weight A.P. classes. At the current moment we do not weight any of our classes when determining students GPA. I was wondering if anyone could let me know what is currently done at their schools. Thanks.