The Central York school board tabled a vote Monday about how to weight students' grades in dual enrollment classes in grade point average calculations.
The new policy would mean classes taken by students at local colleges would appear on a transcript but wouldn't be a weighted grade and wouldn't be calculated as a part of student's GPA.
The policy change was proposed because York College, Penn State York and HACC's York campus do not provide numerical grades, while high school classes are graded on a 100-point scale. Instead, students taking college classes receive a letter grade or a grade on a four-point scale.
Those grades are currently converted into the top numeric grade at Central: For example, a student who receives an "A" in a dual enrollment class automatically receives 100 percent for GPA calculations.
Proposed change: The administration proposed a policy change that aims to be fair for all students, said high school principal Ryan Caufman. In the change, students would still receive high school credit for those classes, but the grades would not be weighted and would not be calculated in the GPA.
Honors, AP and College in the Classroom classes would receive 1.1, 1.2 and 1.2 weighting, respectively. Dual enrollment courses would not receive the 1.2 weight they did until this school year.
The change would be in effect starting in the 2014-15 school year and would not be retroactive for this year's junior class, according to the proposed policy.
The school district encourages self-motivated students to achieve as much as they can, said Kellen Beck, a junior at the school. But that mindset would be hurt if the dual enrollment classes don't count for as much, he said.
And the district should continue to encourage the "fast runners" — or high achievers — to go further in their education, said Marie Damiano, a parent in the district.
"I think we're telling those fast runners, 'Don't reach your full potential because you're not going to get anything for it,'" she said.
But another student, Mercy Harris, said the added GPA boost dual enrollment students receive gives those classmates a "distinct and unfair edge" when it comes to determining valedictorian and class rank, which she said can come down to slim margins.
Board reaction: Board member Deborah Myers said she wanted more time to research the boosts in GPA and weighting classes before voting. Board member Greg Lewis added he wanted to find out how other local high schools treat GPA calculations and weighting.
"I don't want to hurt our kids in comparison to other high schools," he said.
Board member Barbara Johnston said she had concerns about the change.
"I'm a little bit worried that we're discouraging our top students to go on and take a top class," she said.
The board will continue to discuss the policy change at the June 9 meeting.
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