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9.11- AR ADVANCED PLACEMENT AND ADVANCED PLACEMENT PREPARATORY COURSES

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Talbot County Public Schools
POLICY CODE-
9.11-AR

Easton, MD 21601
ENDORSED: 08/13/94

REVISED: 09/20/00
REVIEWED: 07/30/10



ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES & ADVANCED PLACEMENT PREPARATORY COURSES - AR

I. Course Designation

A. Advanced Placement (AP)

1. Only those courses published and sanctioned by the College Board as Advanced Placement courses will be part of the AP program of studies.

2. The curriculum of all AP courses will meet the guidelines specified by the College Board and will prepare students for the external examination developed by and administered through the College Board for the respective courses.

B. Advanced Placement Preparatory

1. AP Prep courses will be designated as part of the curriculum development Policy Code 9.2 and adoption Policy Code 9.1 process, based on their academic rigor and/or advanced content.

2. AP Prep courses are intended to provide a challenging academic curriculum in their own right, as well as articulate specifically to the Advanced Placement sequence.

3. All courses designated as AP Prep will be listed annually in the Program of Studies.

II. Assessment

A. Advanced Placement Examinations

1. All students who register for Advanced Placement classes will be required to take the Advanced Placement examination.

2. Students will be responsible for all expenses related to taking the AP examination. Every effort will be made to provide support for students in need of financial assistance.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES

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ADVANCED PLACEMENT PREPARATORY COURSES

  1. Weighted Grades
    1. All AP and AP Prep courses will have their grades weighted to reflect the increased academic demands of those courses.
    2. Grades earned will be weighted by a factor of 1.05.
    3. Weights will not apply to course averages that are less than 69.5%.

Weighted grades are calculated and awarded each reporting period during the school year (each interim and each end of semester report). In order to avoid compounding the weighted grade throughout the school year, the weighted grade appears on the students' report card and the unweighted grades appear in the teacher's electronic grade book. Additionally, the student's final grade is weighted and applied to the official school transcript.

Teachers of the courses listed above are responsible for calculating the weighted grades every reporting period. Specific directions for doing so will be provided by the Instructional Technology Facilitator.

III. Procedures for Weighting Grades to Clarify Section II.B.

  1. Courses that have weighted grades (by a factor of 1.05)
  2. Weighted grades are calculated and awarded each reporting period during the school year (each interim and each end of semester report). In order to avoid compounding the weighted grade throughout the school year, the weighted grade appears on the student’s report card and the unweighted grades appear in the teacher’s electronic grade book. Additionally, the student’s final grade is weighted and applied to the official school transcript.
  3. Teachers of the courses listed above are responsible for calculating the weighted grades every reporting period. Each class in a teacher’s gradebook has an ENDTERM spreadsheet. The sole purpose of this sheet is to transfer the grades from the electronic gradebook program to SASI for printing report cards. The weighted grades are never a part of the gradebook where formatives and summatives are recorded. The weighted grades are calculated by multiplying the unweighted grade by 1.05. Teachers should look up the weighted grade on the “Grade Conversions for Weighted Grades” table (attached).
  4. Process:

ALL AP Courses

ALL AP Prep English classes

PRE-CALCULUS year-long/2credits

ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES

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ADVANCED PLACEMENT PREPARATORY COURSES

To calculate the weighted reporting period grade:

1. Using the “Grade Conversions for Weighted Grades” table look up the

weighted percentage that corresponds to the student’s % in the electronic

gradebook.

2. Enter the weighted grade in the appropriate grade column on the ENDTERM

spreadsheet.

3. On the electronic gradebook change the TASK TYPE SET from COURSE

CALC to FINAL CALC.

To calculate the weighted final average:

1. Enter the unweighted final exam grade in the electronic gradebook.

2. Using the “Grade Conversions for Weighted Grades” table look up the

weighted percentage that corresponds to the student’s % in the electronic

gradebook.

3. Enter the weighted grade in the Final Average column on the ENDTERM

spreadsheet.

E. In accordance with Policy Code 9.11, weights will be applied to averages during any reporting period when the unweighted grade is less than 69.5%

UNWEIGHTED

WEIGHTED

100

105.00

99

103.95

98

102.90

97

101.85

96

100.80

95

99.75

94

98.70

93

97.65

92

96.60

91

95.55

90

94.50

89

93.45

88

92.40

87

91.35

86

90.30

85

89.25

84

88.20

83

87.15

82

86.10

81

85.05

80

84.00

79

82.95

78

81.90

77

80.85

76

79.80

75

78.75

74

77.70

73

76.65

72

75.60

71

74.55

70

73.50

IV. Participation Guidelines

A. Participation in AP Prep and AP courses is open to all students, subject only to successful completion of specific prerequisite courses where applicable. Guidelines are intended to assist students and parents with course selection in collaboration with the student’s guidance counselor or other school personnel.

1. Students who demonstrate strong academic achievement and/or academic motivation should be encouraged to enroll in AP and AP Prep courses. Indicators may include:

  • Grades in related content courses.
  • Scores on HSA or MSA (CRT).

Scores on norm-referenced measures (PSAT, etc.).

Individual classroom products and performances (particularly in written expression) that are above average in quality, complexity, or creativity.

The student’s commitment to learning and academic achievement.

2. Schools should take steps to monitor participation, and actively recruit students from under-represented groups (gender, ethnic minority, low economic background, etc.).


ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES

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ADVANCED PLACEMENT PREPARATORY COURSES

V. Summer Assignments

A. Students may be required to complete summer reading for an AP or AP Prep course. Summer work will be assessed appropriately and be part of the student’s grade in the course.

B. Summer reading assignments should be limited to those needed to meet course outcomes. Teachers should be sensitive to students’ need for summer employment, family activities, and other recreational and personal pursuits.

C. Summer assignments must be at a level that a student can be reasonably expected to complete it independently. However, every effort will be made to provide academic support opportunities to help students.

VI. Program Evaluation

A. Each high school will annually report in August the status of AP courses, number of students enrolled during the past year, and the number of students achieving a rating of three (3) or higher.

B. Each high school will annually report in October the enrollment in all AP and AP Prep courses. Enrollment will document participation by gender, race/ethnic group, and FARMS.

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