FORT WORTH -- School trustees gave preliminary approval Tuesday night to high school grading changes that will take effect beginning with current Fort Worth district freshmen.
In August, the board approved changes to adjust for new state end-of-course exams that begin this year. But a few days later, state officials said school districts could not give students credit for a class if they failed the course but passed the exams, which is the policy the school board had approved.
So now, nearly halfway through the school year, trustees are revising the policy and also changing weights for grade averages.
Under the revised policy, essentially grades on normal course work will make up 85 percent of a student's grade, and the end-of-course exam will make up 15 percent of the grade.
The board also adjusted weighted semester grade averages. In the new policy, for example, if a student was taking advanced courses, semester grades of 97 and above would count for a full five points. Currently, only a 100 grade average would earn the five points.
Trustees were set to adopt the policy in one reading Tuesday night, but some trustees said they were concerned that the proposed changes weren't publicized enough. Chief Academic Officer Michael Sorum said the changes will be discussed with the district's council of PTAs soon. Officials said they would also send information out through the high schools.
A final vote was set for next month.