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October 8, 2008

Texas Proposes to Standardize GPA Calculation

Stella Chavez:

Texas school districts say a state proposal to standardize the way they calculate high school grade point averages will "dumb down" public education and discourage students from taking rigorous courses.

Later this month, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will consider approval of a new regulation designed to help Texas colleges and universities better assess the academic records of high school students.

Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes said the current system for calculating GPAs is not consistent. A 4.0 in one district, for example, could vary greatly from a 4.0 in another district.

"There's no uniformity in the way GPA is calculated," said Dr. Paredes. "It's very difficult for universities to know what grade points mean."

Related: Madison's "standards based" report cards.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at October 8, 2008 7:56 AM
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