Problems with class rank policy in the Warren County School District just won't go away.
What if a student studies abroad for a semester, and is awarded district credit. Can that student still be valedictorian?
If the trip abroad occurs in a student's junior or senior year, the answer would be no.
While the credits a student would acquire studying abroad would count for graduation, according to a draft policy approved on the first of two readings by the school board on Monday night, class rank policy would disqualify such a student from scholastic recognition.
Policy approved at the December board meeting requires students to be considered students of the district during their junior and senior years.
The draft approved Monday states, "Students who study abroad will not be regarded as students of the District during the year they are abroad."
The policy also states, "Any credits accepted by the school district as part of this policy will be documented as Pass/Fail. Grades received in any Pass/Fail course shall not be counted toward a student's GPA. A student that elects to study abroad during their junior and/or senior year may not be eligible for scholastic recognition as per the appropriate policy regarding Class/Rank/Honors Credits."
At committee meetings in February, board member Tom Knapp raised the concern about whether students who study abroad would be considered for rank.
On Monday, Gary Weber, the school district's director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, said that courses earned abroad "would not count... toward rank and GPA."
"All the other grades go toward GPA," said Knapp. "All that does is take a bunch of them (credits) out of the equation."
Weber said most of the students at the top of the classes throughout the district typically receive weighted grades through options such as dual enrollment. "That pushes them above and beyond," he said.