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Menomonee Falls School District

To:

Board of Education Curriculum and Learning Committee

From:

Gary Kiltz, Director of Curriculum and Learning

Re:

Approval- Cum Laude Academic Recognition for High School

Date:

April 14, 2015

Executive Summary

Presentation:

The high school is requesting approval to shift a Cum Laude system and eliminating the ranking system. This system would recognize seniors for both rigor and success.

Topic and Background:

Currently, the high school recognizes students through an honor roll process for semester grade points of 3.0 or higher. Students who maintain this over the course of the school year are also recognized at an annual academic awards ceremony in May. Through the report cards and transcripts, students also receive information related to the ranking within their class.

Due to the compression of the grade point averages, the ranking of students is no longer distributed across a normalized curve. This creates issues with students being identified within the 50 th percentile, yet having a grade point average that places them at a 3.2, a very respectable score especially when taking rigorous coursework. Moving to a Cum Laude system would allow for the appropriate recognition of students around the grade point average regardless of the ranking.

The purpose of the Laude System is to recognize students for the rigor of their academic program as well as their success in that program.

Award Levels

There are three levels of awards:

oSumma Cum Laude (purple cord) oMagna Cum Laude (silver cord) oCum Laude (white cord)

Minimum GPA

To be considered for a Laude award, a student must have a cumulative GPA after first semester senior year of 3.0 or higher. This is approximately the top half of the class.

Laude Score

A student’s Laude Score will be determined by multiplying 1) the student’s cumulative GPA after first semester senior year by 2) the number of college-level courses completed in all four years.

Score Breaks

 
 

There will be no rounding of Laude Scores:

o

56+ for Summa Cum Laude

o

40-55.999 for Magna Cum Laude

o

24-39.999 for Cum Laude

• There may be some students who will need to be considered on a case-by-case basis, such as students who take a semester or year abroad or who graduate early.

Examples

Minimum combinations for Cum Laude recognition o3.0 GPA and 8 semesters of college level coursework o3.5 GPA and 7 semesters of college level coursework o4.0 GPA and 6 semesters of college level coursework Minimum combinations for Magna Cum Laude o3.0 GPA and 14 semesters of college level coursework o3.5 GPA and 12 semesters of college level coursework o4.0 GPA and 10 semesters of college level coursework Minimum combinations for Summa Cum Laude o3.0 GPA and 19 semesters of college level coursework o3.5 GPA and 16 semesters of college level coursework o4.0 GPA and 14 semesters of college level coursework

Sample

GPA = 3.685 Courses: AP Psychology (2), AP Art Studio (2), AP US History (2), AP Calculus (2), AP Lit (2), CAPP Accounting (2) = 12 semesters Calculation: 3.685 x 12 = 44.22, earns Magna Cum Laude

Students may earn college level credits through other avenues including the options listed:

Youth Options Online AP Courses Youth Apprenticeships Distance Learning Study Abroad Transfer Credits

• Advanced Placement courses taken online

or by distance learning will be counted.

• Unique situations such as those listed will be considered on an individual basis based on the rigor of the course

• Requests for consideration of Laude credit must be submitted by March 1

Budget Implications:

None

Recommended Committee Motion:

Attachments:

College Credits Currently Offered by the High School