Student Progression Plan Addendum
GradingThe grade point average for all high school students shall be based on quality point values. Quality points are to be earned every nine-week grading period in each subject. Quality point values are determined as follows:
Quality points - Students must earn three quality points per semester and earn a grade on the semester exam (or scaled score equivalent). The three quality points required must be earned from a combination of at least two of the three grades awarded each semester.
Please Note: Some courses (advanced-level CTE, dual enrollment, virtual, semester two of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and annual reading courses that are assessed with another state, national or international examination.) have alternative grading procedures. Please check with your specific course instructor for details.
All final course grades earned will be placed on the student’s permanent record and will appear on all official transcripts from the school.
Grading Procedures in Courses with a Final Exam or EOC– Three grade configurationsA final semester grade is calculated by a combination of two nine-week grades and a district scaled semester exam. To pass a subject and be awarded credit, a student must earn three quality points per semester and a passing grade on at least two of the three grades awarded. All HCPS courses which administer an EOC exam will be computed as defined in state statutes and district guidelines and will carry an exam weight of 30% for each semester as per Florida statutes.
Grading Procedures in Courses with No Final Exam – Two grade configurationsAnnual courses in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate for seniors and Reading have been evaluated to determine if FSA ELA, ACT, SAT, AP and IB tests can be used to evaluate end of year student performance. It has been determined that district exams will be eliminated for second semester when student performance is already measured by a high stakes test. First semester district exams will continue to be used to monitor student progress, improve quality of instruction and to meet VAM requirements.
In courses where there is no district exam, student grades will be calculated following the chart below. The student semester grade will be calculated based on a combination of the third and fourth quarter grades and the quality points assigned. Students will be required to earn 2 quality points to pass a class.
Exceptions –See your individual teacher for course specific instructions.
Notification of Academic Progress
Senior Exam Exemptions Eligibility Criteria
Seniors who have met all graduation requirements by the end of the first semester and exit the school system are exempt from taking a final exam the first semester, and seniors who have met all graduation requirements by the end of semester two and are spring graduates are exempt from taking a final exam the second semester if the senior meets all of the eligibility criteria:
Seniors completing graduation requirements in summer school must take final exams in all subjects.
Requirements for Participation in Graduation Exercises
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society is an organization that honors students who are outstanding in (1) Scholarship, (2) Character, (3) Leadership; and (4) Service. Membership in the National Honor Society is a privilege and not a right. Only those individuals who are outstanding in all areas receive this honor.
All sophomore, junior and senior class students who have been enrolled in their present high school one semester or more will be eligible candidates for the National Honor Society, if they fulfill the following scholastic requirements based on semester grades for grades 9-12:
The following policies will be observed in selecting students for membership in the National Honor Society:
Co-Curricular and Extracurricular School Letters
Each student fulfilling requirements for the school letter under any category will receive an initial school letter. In addition, a pin or symbol will be awarded for every co-curricular area for which the student has met requirements. A bar will signify ensuing awards.
Requirements for band auxiliary units include:
Requirements for band, chorus, and orchestra include:
Requirements for Career and Technical Education (CTE) include:
Requirements for world language include:
Requirements for forensics include:
Requirements for journalism include:
Requirements for JROTC include:
Requirements for a mathematics letter include:
Requirements for theatre arts include:
Requirements for TV production include:
Requirements for visual arts include:
In addition to the standard diploma requirements, in order to earn the Scholar designation to be awarded at graduation, a student must satisfy the following requirements:
In addition to the standard diploma requirements, in order to earn the Merit designation to be awarded at graduation, a student must attain one or more industry certifications from the state approved list.
Seal of Biliteracy
The Seal of Biliteracy is the attainment of a high level of competency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in one or more world languages in addition to English, which will be noted on a high school graduate’s diploma and transcript as either a Gold Seal of Biliteracy (highest level of competency) or a Silver Seal of Biliteracy (second-highest level of competency), awarded by the Commissioner of Education to high school graduates meeting the requirements.
Requirements for earning the Seal of Biliteracy:
The Silver Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to students who have earned four (4) foreign language credits in the same foreign language with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale or earned a qualifying score on a nationally recognized assessment (refer to the FLDOE for the recognized exams and required scores).
The Gold Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to student who have met the above requirements, and have also earned a level 4 or higher on the grade 10 FSA ELA or have attained an advanced qualifying score on a nationally recognized assessment.
Tampa Tribune Scholars Program
For more than 50 years, in memory of former Tampa Tribune publisher Red Pittman, HCPS’s top high school seniors have been recognized for their academic performance. The tradition is carried on by the Tampa Bay Times. Each high school may nominate the top 3% of the senior class graduates who are ranked. (Early Admission students are not included.) In high schools that house a magnet program up to 3% of the magnet school seniors and up to 3% of the seniors in the traditional program may be nominated. This number is determined by taking 3% of the senior enrollment, excluding any seniors who are not ranked. A fractional part of a number will be rounded (.5 and above will increase to the next whole number). In cases where a student in the top 3% has demonstrated irresponsible citizenship, the student may be replaced by the next student in rank. Policies are subject to change based on rules set forth by the Tampa Bay Times.
Students’ selected as Tampa Tribune Scholar Awardees will be recognized by the Tampa Bay Times.
All members of this group will be considered candidates for the Tampa Tribune Scholars Award Scholarship upon completion and submission of the required essay. Scholarships will be awarded to a select number of outstanding candidates based upon the students’ completed packets and essay submissions. The Tampa Bay Times will determine the number of scholarships and dollar amount of each on a yearly basis.
Achievements considered by the scholarship selection committee will be determined by The Tampa Bay Times.
The Talented 20 Program
The Talented 20 Program provides guaranteed admission, within space and fiscal limitations, to one of Florida’s 12 public universities for public high school graduating seniors who rank in the top 20% of their graduating class and who have completed the 18 academic credits required for state university system admission.
Determination of Talented 20 students at each high school is made upon completion of the seventh semester. Please note that, while eligible students are guaranteed admission at one of the state universities, it may not be to their first choice of schools. Students are given priority for the awarding of funds from the Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG), if they are eligible for this needs based grant.
Each high school shall recognize a valedictorian and salutatorian from among each year’s graduating seniors. Magnet schools will recognize additional valedictorians and salutatorians for each magnet program. The valedictorian will be the student whose rank in class is number one (1) and the salutatorian will be the student whose rank in class is number two (2).
In the event of a tie for valedictorian, each student whose rank is tied for first in the class will be recognized as a co-valedictorian. If there are co-valedictorians, there will be no salutatorian since the next student’s rank would be third (or lower).
In instances where there is a tie for the position of salutatorian, each student whose rank is tied for second in the class shall be recognized as a co-salutatorian. If there are co-salutatorians, the rank of the next student would be fourth (or lower).