Palo Alto Unified Adds Weighted GPAs To Transcripts

On Monday, the Palo Alto Unified School Board voted to add weighted grade point averages to transcripts.

The decision was made to cooperate with some university requirements that weighted GPAs be on the official transcript.

The East Bay Times reports that Palo Alto Unified used the UC/CSU method to calculate weighted GPAs and would then send a separate letter with the weighted GPA to universities on behalf of the student’s.

This change comes about as a Paly senior faced a drawback as the University of Oregon only accepts what is on a student’s transcript, not letters.

Now, both weighted and unweighted GPAs will appear on transcripts for Paly and Gunn seniors. Weighted GPAs give extra points depending on honors courses and Advanced Placement classes.

Heidi Emberling, Board President, said that they want all the courses that students take to matter.

Superintendent Mac McGee has until April to propose a uniform method to calculate weighted GPAs for the 2017-2018 school year and will be taking the communities feedback into consideration.

Read more at East Bay Times.  


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