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Students and community members against reporting weighted GPAs for the 2016-2017 cycle

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     The School Board's decision comes as a surprise to many of us. This decision creates a culture of competition counter to the one our district claims they aim to create. We believed that the School Board would protect our students rather than fuel a pressure-cooker culture.      

     In the email sent out to parents by the PTSA on 10/13, it stated "As parents, we ask that you please share with your teen that for this school year, nothing will change. Anything about this issue will not affect the class of 2017." So many of us who were in favor of the unweighted system did not feel the need to speak up. Now we do.

     At this point, a large portion of the Class of 2017 has already applied to college. The entire class has designed their curriculum with the idea that weighted GPAs would not be reported.

     Please sign this petition requesting that the board reconsider this appalling decision. 

For those who believe that weighted GPAs reward rigor:

     Every non-weighted elective, including journalism, theatre and art, will bring our weighted GPAs down. Reporting weighted GPAs allows for de facto ranking, and encourages students to take only weighted classes as any "A" in an unweighted classes brings our GPA down.

     Our schools offer more weighted classes in the STEM fields, so weighted GPAs inadvertently disadvantage humanities students.

     Admissions offices can see the rigor of our curriculum by the courses that appear on our transcripts above the GPA.             

 



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