The Jackson R-2 School District to Change Grade Point Average Scale and Ranking System

Jackson High School will make the transition from their current system to a Latin honor system that has three separate levels of academic distinction. In addition, the district will switch from an 11.0 grading scale to a 4.0 scale. The district’s new honor system will be able to honor approximately one hundred students, rather than the current class rank system where the top ten percent, or approximately 36 students, receive recognition. Members of the Jackson R-2 School Board gave their approval to the high school’s proposal during their regular School Board meeting on January 12, 2021. The new honors will include summa cum laude for students who have GPA of 4.20 or above magna cum laude for students who have grade point averages that is between4 .0 and 4.19 and cum laude for students who have grade point averages between 3.80 and 3.99. Officials say students will have an “A” grade average to be recognized, and if the honors system was in place for this year’s graduating class just seven students would have gotten the honor. They also say those graduates who currently make it just outside of the top ten percent are losing out on college admittances and scholarships because of their class rank. The high school will still have the ability to calculate student’s class rank for scholarship purposes by request, but class rank will no longer be seen of transcripts of high school students. The Latin honors recognition will go into effect next school year for all students. Valedictorians and salutatorians will be selected for the Class of 2022 and the Class of 2023, but they will be evaluated again for future classes. Students will not get Latin honors without having ninety percent attendance or above and an appeals process will be put in place for absences because of medical reasons.

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