Stricter GPA Rules Cause Concern

Giving no extra credit for some advanced placement courses is causing concern for parents and teachers.

Some worry the proposed new GPA rules are expected to cause students to choose easier classes. No more extra credit for some advanced placement classes is just one of the rules proposed by the Texas Higher Education Board.

Parents and teachers say they are concerned students will choose to take easier classes instead to boost their GPA and stay in the top 10% of their class.

Being in the top 10% has a guaranteed admission to a Texas public college or university. Something many do not want to risk giving up.

The WTAMU Enrollment Department says AP classes are just as valuable as being in the top 10% of your class.

V.P. for Enrollment Management Dan Garcia say,"Many colleges and universities across the nation give special weight to strength of curriculum although they may be giving kids admissions points for AP and extra curricular."

Garcia says there are other ways to guarantee your admission to a Texas school.

"Most students want to go to UT Austin," he says, "Many of them don't realize that they have a guaranteed admission to that institution if they are a Texas resident with a 2.0 GPA. It may require them to go to another UT school but they have a commitment that their sophomore year there will be space for them if they perform well. "

Parent Edie Carter says, "Well, I think to reward a child for getting into the classes and doing the harder work is important."

The proposal goes to a vote October 23 by the Texas Higher Education Board.

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