On Monday, the Riesel ISD Board approved changes to the way class ranking is calculated for high school students.
Beginning with the graduating class of 2018, high school class ranks will exclude grades from physical education, athletics or a course substituting physical education. Any course for which pass or fail grade has been assigned will also be excluded from the ranking.
This change will not apply to the current juniors and sophomores. However, the calculation of class rank for those students will exclude grades from local credit courses, courses for which pass or fail grade was assigned. In addition, credit by examination, with or without prior instruction would also be excluded from the class ranking calculation.
During the meeting, Superintendent Brian Garner also presented to the board findings from a transcript audit conducted for juniors and seniors. The $7,500 audit conducted by the Education Service Center Region 12 was requested by the board in December.
Garner, who presented the findings for the senior class on Monday, said after the audit three changes were made. One change was for a student in the top 35 percent of the class and the other two for students in the bottom 15 to 18 percent rank.
Garner said the ESC Region 12 commended the district’s level of accuracy and consistency when looking at the transcripts.
Garner plans to present the findings of the junior class next month and the appropriate administrative guidelines of staff members who look at the transcripts.
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