Our Student Council, shown during their meeting yesterday, is providing tremendous feedback to help BHS move forward.
Thanks to the active leadership of our students, we are moving forward with a change to our course weight formulas. The discussion about course weights has been ongoing for a couple of years, but this year thanks to the efforts of our School Council representative to the School Committee, Walter Kikuchi, we are making some headway. Walter has brought forward a concern from students that the current weight given to an Advanced Placement course is the same as the weight given to an Honors course (Table 1). There is widespread agreement among staff and students that this should be adjusted.
However, the bigger discussion that has come out of this is the question as to whether or not College Prep 1 and College Prep 2 classes should be weighted differently. The main issue is the fact that many College Prep 2 classes are inclusion classes with some students who are on IEP's. Is it fair and equitable to offer a lower weight to these students? It was also pointed out during the discussion that our elective offerings fall within the College Prep 1 level and therefore students in College Prep 2 classes in core areas would actually get more weight for elective courses than their core courses.
Finally, you will notice that the proposed change would put us on a 5.0 scale rather than a 4.0 scale. Our Support Services Coordinator Mr. Attubato explained that this is similar to how state colleges weight courses, adding .5 for an honors course and a full 1.0 for an AP course.
Please look over the proposals below and provide feedback in the comment section of the blog. We will share it with the School Committee when we go to the next meeting on January 11.
Current Grading and Weighting at BHS