Williamson County Schools revises GPA calculation method

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The Williamson County School District will adjust how students' grade point averages are calculated starting Oct. 18.

Report cards for the first grading period at Williamson County Schools will be available in Skyward on Oct. 18, and high school parents and students will notice a change with their child’s grade point averages (GPAs) and student transcripts.

Beginning with the class of 2020, the district will not use class ranks with the full implementation of WCS School Board policy 4.600, Report Cards and Grading Systems. This policy replaced class rank for high school students with an honors recognition utilizing the Latin System of Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude.

Though this policy was updated by the WCS School Board in September 2017, full implementation was slated with the graduating class of 2020.

Also new in the 2019-2020 school year, student GPAs will be calculated to the hundredth decimal point, per state board policy. Previously, the district rounded to the thousandth decimal point to find a student’s GPA to determine class ranks. 

Student transcripts will still indicate the WCS weighted GPA and TN Uniform Hope Scholarship GPA, however, both will now be rounded to the nearest hundredth.

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