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  • Overview and Timeline

    The Hays CISD GPA/Class Rank Study Team has been created for the purpose of studying, examining, and exploring GPA and class rank policies, procedures and practices.  In the Fall of 2018, the study team will bring forth the results of their findings as well as recommendations regarding Hays CISD GPA and class rank policies, procedures and practices.

    The study team includes students, parents, community members, counselors, teachers, campus and district administrators as well as a college admissions officer and faculty member.

    The study team process consists of researching multiple aspects of GPA and class rank to include current best practice research on GPA, the impact of different GPA systems, and various methods to calculate GPA; best practice research in regards to class rank and transcription of class rank; cost if any to the district; alignment of GPA and class rank policies, procedures, and practices to the district’s beliefs and mission statement; how GPA and class rank policies, procedures, and practices impact dual credit and advanced placement enrollment; how GPA and class rank policies, procedures, and practices impact college admissions and scholarships; as well as many other aspects in regards to GPA and class rank the study team determines are relevant.

    Changes recommended by the study team regarding GPA and class rank policies, procedures, and practices are pending Board of Trustees approval in November 2018.

Study Team Process

  • The study team process will consist of researching multiple aspects of GPA and class rank to include current best practice research on GPA, the impact of different GPA systems, and various methods to calculate GPA; best practice research in regards to class rank and transcripting of class rank; cost if any to the district; alignment of GPA and class rank policies, procedures, and practices to the district’s beliefs and mission statement; how GPA and class rank policies, procedures, and practices impact dual credit and advanced placement enrollment; how GPA and class rank policies, procedures, and practices impact college admissions and scholarships; as well as many other aspects in regards to GPA and class rank the study team determines are relevant.

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  • Meeting Dates and Notes

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 12/15/2017

    Meeting Notes:

    April 4, 2018
    – Subcommittees met to continue discussion and research in designated areas.

    March 21, 2018 – K-12 Insight facilitated eight 75-90 minute focus groups at Hays High School and Lehman High School from January 31 to February 2.  Focus groups contained parents, students, teachers, counselors and administrators.  On March 21st, K-12 Insight presented the attached focus group summary report to the GPA and Class Rank Study Team.  The team was able to ask questions, clarify information, and reflect on the report. One of the overarching goals the study team set at the first meeting was in regards to improving parent, student and staff communication around GPA and class rank. The summary report from K-12 Insight validates that this is an important area that the study team will continue to focus on and will make recommendations over throughout the process.

    February 21, 2018 – The study team split into subcommittees based on questions for further study and research. The three subcommittee areas of focus are:

    Subcommittee #1:

    • GPA formulas for calculation
    • Review of courses
    • Systems of weighting courses

    Subcommittee #2:        

    • Dual credit, dual enrollment, advanced placement courses and weighting
    • High school courses taken in middle school - credits and weighting

    Subcommittee #3:

    • Class ranking processes
    • Ranking of all students
    • Timelines for ranking

    February 7, 2018 - the GPA and Class Rank Study Team participated in a higher education panel discussion around GPA and class rank. We appreciated the feedback, transparency, and information the panelists provided.  The panel discussion lasted almost two hours. Thank you to Charlotte Winkelmann for recruiting the panelists as well as facilitating the discussion. The work from this meeting will largely benefit the ongoing discussion and research of the study team.

    The following panelists traveled from across the state to participate in our panel:

    • Hank Ewert, Enrollment and Admissions Recruiter for Austin College in Sherman, TX
    • Jennifer Vasquez, Regional Manager – Central and South Texas, Texas Tech University
    • Nicholas Howell, Director of Recruiting and Enrollment, Conrad H. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management and Regional Recruiter, University of Houston
    • Mickey Saloma, Assistant Dean, Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, Southern Methodist University
    • Stephanie J. Anderson, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Texas State University

    Study Team Update - K-12 Insight conducted student, teacher, parent, and staff focus groups around GPA and class rank from January 31st – February 2nd.  K-12 Insight will present their report regarding the focus group study at the March 21st GPA and Class Rank Study Team Meeting.

    January 24, 2018 - Study team meeting  (5:00-7:30pm) – identification of central issues and challenges, draft of guiding questions for further study, in-depth discussion of types of courses

    January 10, 2018 -
    Study team meeting (5:00-7:30pm) – purpose, norms, vision, identify gaps in membership


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