Grading Criteria and Ranking System

Grading Guidelines:

  1. Every Student will be assigned a grade that reflects that student’s relative mastery of an assignment.
  2. RHS will not require a classroom teacher to assign any minimum grade for an assignment.
  3. Students will have a reasonable opportunity to make up or redo a class assignment or examination for which the student received a failing grade in all regular and special education classes. The grade received for redoing a failed assignment will not exceed a score of 70. Students may not be offered a chance to make up or redo failing grades awarded on major projects or laboratory assignments.
  4. Teachers of Pre-AP, AP, or Dual Credit classes MAY offer an opportunity to make up or redo assignments for which the student receives a failing grade.
  5. Teachers will record a minimum of three examination grades for each class per grading period. This includes the six weeks exam.

All students are required to take examinations at the end of each semester in all subjects. The Rusk High School grading system for exams is as follows:

A

=

90-100

Superior

B

=

80-89

Good

C

=

75-79

Average

D

=

70-74

Passing

F

=

0-69

Failure

* see chart on page for letter grades transferred from other school districts

Awarding Of Credit

Graduates from each high school are awarded the same type of diploma. The academic achievement record (transcript), rather than the diploma, records individual accomplishments, achievements, and courses completed and displays appropriate graduation (plan) seals.

Students must earn a minimum of 22 credits for the Foundation Plan and 26 credits for the Distinguished Level of Achievement/Foundation + Endorsement, and Foundation + Endorsement Plans to graduate. Each semester of a course is worth ½ credit (.5). Therefore, each year a student should earn seven (7.0) credits for a total of 28 at the end of four years.

To receive credit for a course you must have a grade of 70 or above and be in attendance at least 90% of the total number of days of each semester.

The number of credits earned each school year determines a student's grade classification.

1.Sophomore ......... 5 credits

2.Junior................... 10 credits

3.Senior................... 15 credits

4. Graduate………… 22 credits for the Foundation Plan

5. Graduate………… 26 credits for the Distinguished Level of

Achievement/Foundation + Endorsement,

and Foundation + Endorsement Plans

Class Rank

All students who wish to graduate with a diploma from Rusk High School must pass all STAAR EOC tests as well as meet all State of Texas graduation requirements for their chosen graduation plan and endorsement area. If a student does not pass the EOC tests, he or she will receive a Certificate of Completion and be advised to continue taking the EOC test(s) until a passing score is achieved.

Any student wishing to qualify for Valedictorian, Salutatorian, or High Honor Graduate, or graduate in the top ten percent of his/her graduating class, must graduate on the Distinguished Level of Achievement and follow the rules governing the completion of all PreAP/AP courses offered at Rusk High School.

To be considered as Valedictorian, Salutatorian, or High Honor Graduate, a student must be completing his/her eighth (including fall and spring) regular semester and must have been enrolled at Rusk High School for the last four of those semesters. Students that transfer from a state accredited high school before the beginning of the fall semester of their junior year are eligible for all graduation honors as long as they meet Rusk High School transfer student and class rank criteria, including completion of equivalent PreAP/AP course work. Students from private school, non-accredited high schools, home school, etc. will not be eligible for these honors.

Valedictorian, Salutatorian, High Honor Graduate, and students graduating in the Top Ten Percent will receive special recognition at graduation.

1. Top Ten Graduates will be defined as the top ten percent of the graduating class according to the highest grade average of those completing all 10 PreAP and AP classes, and completing the requirements for the Distinguished Level of Achievement (DLA). Top Ten percent will be calculated based on whole numbers; it will not be rounded up to the next ten.

Example: If there are 97 graduates at the time of ranking, there will be 9 in the top ten percent, not 10. This is mandated by the State of Texas, not Rusk High School. Top Ten Percent graduates to Texas public high schools are guaranteed admission to all Texas public colleges and universities (except The University of Texas Austin). This provides guaranteed ADMISSION only, not payment of tuition or fees, nor does it guarantee admittance to a specific area within the college.

2. To be included in the Top Ten Percent of a graduating class, a student must complete the Distinguished Level of Achievement (DLA) which includes successful completion of Algebra 2 or Algebra 2 PAP and the Foundation Plus Endorsement Plan.

3.Rank will be determined based on the number of PreAP/AP courses completed by each student and completion of the Distinguished Level of Achievement (DLA). There are 10 PreAP/AP courses offered at Rusk High School. Students who successfully complete ALL 10 PreAP/AP courses offered at Rusk High School, and complete (DLA) requirements will be ranked FIRST according to their grade average, highest to lowest. Followed by those on the Foundation plus Endorsement Plan to include Algebra 2 (DLA) according to the number of PreAP and AP courses taken, then grade average, highest to lowest. Students completing the Foundation Plan without Algebra 2 will be the last group ranked according to their grade average highest to lowest. Students must complete a minimum of 5 PreAP/AP courses and Algebra 2 or Algebra 2 PAP in order to be ranked above students on the Foundation + Endorsement Plan.

PreAP/AP Courses Offered at Rusk High School

  1. English I PreAP
  2. English 2 PreAP
  3. English 3 AP/Dual
  4. English 4 AP/Dual
  5. Biology 1 PreAP
  6. Biology 2 AP/Dual or Anatomy & Physiology Dual
  7. World History PreAP
  8. Chemistry PreAP
  9. Algebra 2 PreAP
  10. PreCalculus PreAP

Example/Clarification:

Tier 1 – DLA and Foundation + Endorsement Students completing all 10 PreAP/AP Course

Tier 2 – DLA and Foundation + Endorsement Students completing 9 PreAP/AP Courses

Tier 3 – DLA and Foundation + Endorsement Students completing 8 PreAP/AP Courses

Tier 4 – DLA and Foundation + Endorsement Students completing 7 PreAP/AP Courses

Tier 5 – DLA and Foundation + Endorsement Students completing 6 PreAP/AP Courses

Tier 6 – DLA and Foundation + Endorsement Students completing 5 PreAP/AP Courses

Tier 7 – DLA and Foundation + Endorsement Students

Tier 8 – Foundation + Endorsement Plan students

Tier 9 – Foundation Plan Students

4.For students on the Distinguished Level of Achievement (DLA) and Foundation + Endorsement, only the Fall semester of their 4th math (Pre Cal PreAP) will be used in the calculation of rank. The spring semester grade will be used ONLY for completion of the plan, not for ranking calculation.

5.The first attempt in a course will be used for ranking purposes.

6.When a required course (for completion of a plan of graduation) is taken over multiple times, at different levels (ex Band 1, 2,3,4 or Athletics 1,2,3,4) the student’s first grade earned will be used for preliminary AND final rank averages.

7.Grade Average is used to calculate Rank. Grade average is the raw calculated average of the grades earned in those courses designed as necessary to complete the chosen plan of graduation. NO ELECTIVES ARE INCLUDED IN THE AVERAGE CALCULATION.

8.GPA IS NOT USED FOR RANK CALCULATION. Grade Point Average (GPA) is the UNWEIGHTED AVERAGE OF THE GRADE POINT TOTAL OF ALL COURSES taken at Rusk High School . This average is calculated on a 4.0 scale. Semester grades from each course taken are included in GPA calculation. Each grade earned receives the following point value:

A 90-100 = 4 Points

B 80-89 = 3 Points

C 75-79 = 2 Points

D 70-74 = 1 Point

F 69 –Below = 0 Points

9.Preliminary Rank will be provided to students at the end of every spring semester completed at Rusk High School. This guarantees that every student knows his/her current class ranking at the end of each grade completed.

10.Grades used for calculating final rank will stop at the end of the fall semester of the senior year. Senior year spring semester grades are not used in calculating rank.

11.Final rank will be calculated based on student status as of the end of the Fall semester of the Senior year. If a student has not earned enough credits to be on track to complete the Foundation Plan plus Endorsement or the Distinguished Foundation Plan plus Endorsement by the end of the Fall semester of the senior year, the student’s rank will be affected. Students who have not or are not successfully completing courses required for either of these plans at the end of the Fall semester of the senior year will be ranked below Tier 8 students.

12.Final Rank is calculated using 1st semester and 2nd semester grades earned from the required courses within the chosen plan taken through the fall semester of the student's senior year. Only 4th year students classified as 12th graders and still enrolled as of the 4th week of the Spring semester will be included in final ranking. To be included in rank, grades must be completed by the last Friday in January of the Spring semester of the senior year. Senior students will be informed of their final rank by the end of the first week in February.

13.The grade point average (GPA) is required by TEA standards to be posted on the student’s final transcript/academic achievement record.

14.A student who fails a class required for the foundation plan or for his/her selected endorsement, will NOT graduate on the current plan, but will default to the plan below or within the plan in which he/she successfully completes courses. The recognition of a student’s final rank can be denied by NOT SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING A REQUIRED COURSE IN THE SPRING SEMESTER OF THE SENIOR YEAR. No PreAP or AP course work is offered in Credit Recovery or Drop Out Recovery programs.

15.In the event a student earns a failing grade in a course required for the foundation plan or endorsement and must repeat the course, the original failing grade will be used in determining the grade average for rank and GPA for the transcript record. The grade earned in the repeated class is not used, only recorded on the transcript to denote passing and credit(s) earned. This is denoted as a "P" on the AAR/Transcript as has no numeric value.

16. Determining Class Rank in the Event of a Tie

Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and High Honor Graduate will be defined as the three students graduating in the Top Ten Percent with the highest grade average respectively.

In the case of a tie, the affected students' grades that fall within the defined parameters will be averaged to the nearest ten-thousandth. Should a tie still exist, the student with the highest SAT/ACT score on the first test taken while enrolled at Rusk High School will be declared the winner. Only test scores on SAT/ACT test taken through the fall semester of the student's senior year will be used. A conversion table is available for students who choose to take only one of the tests. Should the students remain tied, dual awards will be given. If for some reason, an ACT nor SAT is taken, the title will be awarded to the student with valid ACT/SAT scores.

Should the students remain tied, dual awards will be given.