A work session of the Gloucester School Board, held Tuesday night at the T.C. Walker Education Center, resulted in several directives that could have noticeable impacts on the school district.
First on the agenda was the reexamining of the class ranking system and grade weighting. Currently at Gloucester High School, students receive an additional quality point for honors, dual enrollment, and AP courses and their weighted GPA determines a class ranking.
Assistant superintendent Dr. Chuck Wagner and the college counselling staff at GHS proposed moving away from the ranking system and changing the way courses are weighted.
“Research says this rank does not help with college admissions and may hurt in some cases,” according to the presentation. “It often encourages taking classes based on final rank rather than the student’s best interests.”
One possible change could be the move to a “Latin system” (cum laude, summa cum laude, etc.), pl...
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