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Published May 26 2010

Fargo high schools move to weighted grades

Fargo high schools will move to a weighted grade system this fall.

As a result, students like Ryan Reza predict there will be a big jump in the number of students taking advanced classes.

“The kids who put themselves out there should be rewarded,” said the Fargo North High School junior who is signed up for two Advanced Placement classes next year.

The school board unanimously supported the changes Tuesday, which will rate participation in AP classes higher than regular classes, allowing students to get as high as a 5.0 GPA instead of the traditional 4.0 GPA.

Transcripts, though, will show the students’ grades and class ranks on both the unweighted and weighted systems.

“The students could highlight then the one that showed them in the best light,” said Bob Grosz, the assistant superintendent of instruction for the district.

He said weighted grades carry more influence than an ACT or SAT test score at some colleges.

In West Fargo, the high school also offers weighted grades.

Now, Reza’s classmate, Kim Henze, said students who were reluctant to take college prep classes may sign up for them next year due to the new system.

“They took the easy classes because they were afraid of losing their 4.0 (GPA),” said the North High senior. “With a 5.0 (system), they get the recognition of taking the hard classes.”



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