Rockford School District Discussing Ideas to Bring Back Weighted Grades

By: Brad Broders
By: Brad Broders

Currently, in Rockford's school district, students’ grade point averages are on a pretty even keel, no matter what they take. However, there is now talk from the top of the district to revamp how a GPA is tallied, and weighed.

Rockford schools Superintendent Dr. Dennis Thompson is in favor of weighted grades.

Last spring, the school board approved weighted grades for this year's freshman class in the scholars program. But Dr. Thompson wants weighted grades in other high school grade levels.

Tuesday, a district committee discussed ideas. However, some parents are concerned that changing to a weighted system would throw current class ranks into a loop. But the superintendent believes giving harder classes more weight will inspire students academically.

"Having been on a college admissions committee, we tend to see what were the rigorous courses did you take, and I'd rather see a lower GPA for more rigorous courses, than a higher GPA for courses that clearly weren't as rigorous," Dr. Thompson said.

Rockford district 205 got away from weighted grades entirely in the early 1990's. That was in large part because auburn high school had a big GPA gap between students in its academy, compared to those who were not.

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