The Central York school board will vote Monday on whether to change the way students' grade point averages are calculated.
In the interest of ensuring a fair process, the administration recommended not weighting the grades for college classes students take while still attending Central and not including them in students' GPAs.
Those are known as dual enrollment classes, and the change was proposed because York College, Penn State York and HACC's York campus do not provide numerical grades to Central. For the past several years, students who received an "A" in a dual enrollment class have automatically received a 100 percent for GPA calculations.
This week, the board continued a discussion from last month about the proposed change.
School comparison: High school principal Ryan Caufman and guidance counselor Matt McGee presented information about how other York County schools treat dual enrollment classes.
Red Lion, Southern York, and Spring Grove weight dual enrollment classes and count the grades in their GPA calculations. Dallastown uses a unique scale model, and Eastern York does not weight the classes, but does count the grades toward students' GPAs. York Suburban chooses not to give credit at all for the classes because the district has no oversight of course content, Caufman reported.
"I'm really bothered by this," said board member Greg Lewis, adding he is worried about changing a policy so that it's so different from many of the surrounding school districts.
Close rankings: Lewis asked how close the determination for valedictorian and salutatorian has been in the past several years, and if dual enrollment boosts played any part in determining the top few students.
McGee said there have been extremely close rankings that included top students who took dual enrollment classes in the past few years. McGee said he isn't sure if a change in GPA calculation would have meant a different student would have been valedictorian.
McGee said there are still advantages to dual enrollment classes: Students can take the courses for half the price and can often test out of introductory courses in college. But that doesn't mean the students should also get an extra GPA boost in high school, he said.
Board member Eric Wolfgang said he is torn on this issue: He doesn't think students should get an extra grade boost by taking dual enrollment classes but is also worried about making the program less appealing to students.
Under the proposal, honors, advanced placement and College in the Classroom classes would receive 1.1, 1.2 and 1.2 weighting, respectively.
Dual enrollment courses, which had been weighted at 1.2, would not be included in GPA calculations at all.
The board will vote on the policy at its Monday meeting.
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