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Student Progression Plan Addendum

Grading

The 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:

9 Week Grades

Letter

Grade Value

Quality Points

A 90 - 100 4
B 80 - 89 3
C 70 - 79 2
D 60 - 69 1
F 0 - 59 0

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.

Semester Examinations

  1. Semester examinations are districtwide, mandatory in every course that requires a final exam, and are used in final grade calculations. (Some courses have a different grading configuration, see grade charts and your classroom teacher for clarification)
  2. The district scaled semester exams carry the weight of 25% of the semester grade, unless mandated differently by state statute or district guidelines. *See grading procedures chart for detailed grade information.
  3. Students who are absent on an exam day (or days) must verify their absence to be eligible for a make-up exam. Schools may request a doctor’s note.
  4. All students who do not take or make up an exam will receive an “Incomplete”, until the exam is made up. All required exams must be made up in a timely fashion or will result in an automatic failure for the semester, with the exception of seniors whom qualify for a senior exam exemption.
  5. After review by the principal, any student found guilty of cheating on a final examination shall receive an “F” on the examination.
  6. End of Course(EOC) exams are state mandated examinations for specific subjects based on state legislation and will carry the weight of 30% of the semester grade. EOC’s will be administered for all state and district courses associated to the FSA EOC’s. Students enrolled in the classes listed below are required to take an End of Course (EOC) Assessment and it will count as their district semester exam:

  7. Algebra I

    Geometry

    Biology

    US History

    Algebra I Honors

    Geometry Honors

    Biology Honors

    US History Honors

    Algebra IB

    Geometry IB

    Biology Pre IB

    AP US History
    US History IB


  8. Please note: Semester Examination procedures may change due to legislative changes.

Grading Procedures in Courses with a Final Exam or EOC– Three grade configurations

A 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.

Final Semester Grade Calculations with Exam Weighted 25% and 30%

Grading Procedures in Courses with No Final Exam – Two grade configurations

Annual 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.

Grading Procedures in Courses with No Final Exam – Two grade configurations

Exceptions –See your individual teacher for course specific instructions.

  1. Semester only courses in Reading, AP and IB all have required semester exams.
  2. Virtual courses all are required to take a final exam as part of the online coursework and will earn one final grade at the end of the semester.
  3. Courses associated to a state required EOC must take the EOC and it will count as 30% of the final grade. Ex. AP & IB US History.
  4. HCC/USF and CTE dual enrollment course grading and final exam administration follows the guidelines of HCC/USF and the Hillsborough Technical Colleges.
  5. Exams for Access point courses vary by course. See the ESE Case manager for further clarification.
  6. Some elective courses have limited student enrollment and don’t require district exams.
  7. Senior Exam Exemption eligibility criteria has not changed for all other courses.

Grade Enhancement

  1. Grade enhancement for any course is limited to enhancing a grade of D or F with a grade of C or higher earned subsequently in the same or comparable course.
  2. Grade enhancement also applies to middle school students who earn a C or below in a high school level course.
  3. Honors points may not be earned more than once for the same course.
  4. The unweighted state GPA required for graduation is calculated by including all grades that the student has attempted, including all D's and F's, unless they have been enhanced.
  5. The cumulative weighted district GPA used to determine rank in class is not affected by the grade enhancement procedure. The cumulative weighted district GPA includes all courses attempted and enhanced, to include D’s and F’s. International Baccalaureate opportunities for grade enhancement may vary.
  6. All courses attempted will appear on a student’s transcript regardless of grade enhancement.

Notification of Academic Progress

  1. Grade reporting periods are nine-weeks in length. By the end of the fifth week of each grading period, academic warnings and/or progress reports will be issued to students who are in danger of failing.
  2. Academic warnings and/or progress reports shall be taken home by the students to notify the parent or guardian of a student’s academic progress. Grades can also be viewed by parents or guardians and students through the online grading system (Edsby).
  3. Parents or guardians are urged to make appointments with teachers during conference periods, or to contact the teacher if an appointment cannot be scheduled via email or by phone.
  4. Students who have not met state assessment requirements or whose cumulative unweighted state grade point average (GPA) is less than 2.0 may be in danger of not meeting graduation requirements. These students are identified each semester, their parent or guardian receives notification of the student’s academic progress, progress monitoring is established, and remedial instruction is recommended.
  5. Students who score Level 1 or Level 2 on statewide Florida Standards Assessment for English Language Arts (FSA ELA) and/or the statewide Algebra I EOC assessment are highly recommended for remedial instruction.
  6. Assessment and Support
    • a) Each student must participate in the statewide, standardized assessment program required by statute F.S.1008.22. Each student who does not achieve a Level 3 or above on the statewide, standardized FSA ELA and/or the Algebra I EOC assessment, must be evaluated to determine the nature of the student’s difficulty, the areas of academic need, and strategies for providing academic supports to improve the student’s performance.
    • b) A student who is not meeting the school district or state requirements for satisfactory performance in English Language Arts and mathematics must be covered by one of the following plans:
    1. A federally required student plan such as an individual education plan;
    2. A student who scores a level 4 or above on the FSA ELA or EOC math assessment may be exempted from
    participation in the school-wide system of progress monitoring, by the principal; or
  7. An individualized progress-monitoring plan.

Report Cards

  1. Report cards are issued at the end of each quarter.
    • a) Report cards include student academic performance, attendance in each class, and may include teacher comments.
    • b) The final report card indicates end-of-year status including promotion or retention and can be accessed on the online grade reporting site or can be picked up in person at the school site.

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:

  1. has earned three quality points in their final semester; and
  2. has earned at least one quality point during the second grading period of their final semester (the senior need not pass both grading periods, but must pass the second grading period); and
  3. has no more than five absences in the class for the semester; and
  4. has a satisfactory conduct record.

Seniors completing graduation requirements in summer school must take final exams in all subjects.

Senior Semester Grades

Requirements for Participation in Graduation Exercises

  1. Students must have earned the required credits for the 24 credit standard diploma or the required credits for the 18 credit ACCEL option before the end of the school year in which graduation is anticipated to be eligible for participation in the graduation ceremony.
  2. Students earning a Certificate of Completion are eligible to participate in graduation.
  3. A student must have met all financial obligations to the school before being given a diploma.
  4. Participation in a graduation ceremony is dependent upon a student’s meeting both graduation requirements and abiding by discipline standards. Violation of a level one or level two offense (or other suspendable offenses) may result in the student’s non-participation in graduation. Each high school principal shall decide who shall and shall not participate in graduation exercises based on the above criteria.
  5. A student may participate in one graduation ceremony with his/her designated class or ninth grade cohort.

Honor Roll

  1. Honor Roll lists will be published by each school.
  2. To attain the Principal’s Honor Roll, a student must earn an A in each subject.
  3. To attain the High Honor Roll, a student must earn at least three academic A’s with no grade lower than a B.
  4. To attain the Regular Honor Roll, a student must have a grade no lower than a B.
  5. Honor Rolls are determined based on nine-week grades or the semester average, whichever benefits the student.
  6. Only classes taken on campus are considered in Honor Roll calculation. To be considered, a student must be taking at least five of his/her classes on campus.
  7. All academic grades are used for consideration for Honor Roll.

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:

  1. a cumulative weighted grade point average of 3.5 or better (no rounding);
  2. all grades earned in grades 9, 10, 11 and first semester of grade 12 are considered by the school in determining a student’s grade point average.
  3. In order for students to continue membership in the NHS, a student must maintain a 3.5 overall weighted semester average. Students not meeting the requirement shall be placed on probation. Students will be allowed only one probationary period.
  4. Members may also be placed on probation or dismissed for failure to maintain standards for character, leadership or service.

The following policies will be observed in selecting students for membership in the National Honor Society:

  • a) Selection of students from eligible academic candidates will be by majority vote of the faculty council. However, the entire faculty could be invited to recommend a candidate’s eligibility.
  • b) Character, leadership, and service will be considered in selecting students for membership according to the policy considered fair and appropriate by the faculty of the school.
  • c) Membership will be by invitation only.
  • d) A candidate must be enrolled in his or her present high school for at least one semester prior to being eligible for membership.
  • e) A transfer student from another high school who was a member in good standing of its National Honor Society Chapter will be accepted into the National Honor Society of the school entered.
  • f) Schools may not limit membership in the National Honor Society by selecting an arbitrary number percentage.
  • g) Each school may induct new members either once or twice each year, with the number of inductions to be at the discretion of the individual school.
  • h) See approved exceptions to determine if your school has any additional requirements included in a School Improvement waiver.

School Letters

Academic Letters

  1. To be eligible to receive an academic letter, a student must have received an annual weighted grade point average of 3.5 or higher (no rounding) at the end of grades 10 and 11 and at the end of the first semester for grade 12.
  2. Courses may be weighted and bonus points will be awarded according to guidelines specified in the Student Progression Plan and Student Handbook.
  3. Students must be enrolled full time.
  4. Students must be in attendance a minimum of one semester in the Hillsborough County Public School system and in attendance by the 15th day of the semester.
  5. Students transferring between Hillsborough County Public Schools after the 15th school day will be eligible to receive a letter at the receiving school.
  6. Students must have been enrolled in a regionally accredited school or credits must have been validated.
  7. Each student will receive an academic letter initially and receive a bar and/or letter for each year and/or semester he or she meets the eligibility requirements.
  8. The academic letter will be consistent in size and quality with other approved school letters such as athletic letters and shall be in the school’s colors.
  9. Schools will publicize the requirements for earning an academic letter and notify students of their eligibility.

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:

  1. earn an overall GPA of C or higher;
  2. participate in all scheduled rehearsals, performances, and evaluated festivals; excused absences shall be at the Director’s discretion;
  3. return all assigned materials (not owned by the student) and have no outstanding debts to the music program;
  4. maintain appropriate behavior at all functions as described in the Student Code of Conduct established by Hillsborough County Public Schools.

Requirements for band, chorus, and orchestra include:

  1. earn a grade of a C or higher in the musical program;
  2. earn an overall GPA of C or higher;
  3. participate in all scheduled rehearsals, performances, and evaluated festivals; excused absences shall be at the Director’s discretion; exceptions shall be evaluated by the principal;
  4. return all assigned materials (not owned by the student) and have no outstanding debts to the music program;
  5. maintain appropriate behavior at all functions as described in the Student Code of Conduct established by Hillsborough County Public Schools.

Requirements for Career and Technical Education (CTE) include:

  1. earn a GPA of 3.0 in CTE course(s) for the current school year;
  2. be a current member of a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) Chapter in good standing;
  3. participate in a district and/or state CTSO competitive event;
  4. earn community service hours as required by the CTSO or program;
  5. secure a recommendation from the CTSO Chapter Advisor;
  6. earn have no outstanding debts to CTSO Chapter.

Requirements for world language include:

  1. a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the world language; this includes only one year of a world language that is considered a high school course in grade eight;
  2. earn an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  3. enrolled in a level three course or higher of the same language;
  4. be a member of a world language National Honor Society or participate in world language district and/or state competitions.

Requirements for forensics include:

  1. earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher in speech and debate;
  2. participate in 30 hours over and above class time in forensics competition;
  3. receive a recommendation by adviser and/or teacher.

Requirements for journalism include:

  1. earn one full credit in journalism;
  2. earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher in journalism;
  3. participate in 10 hours over and above class time contributing to the school publication;
  4. receive a recommendation by adviser and/or teacher.

Requirements for JROTC include:

  1. earn a grade of C or higher in the JROTC program;
  2. earn an overall passing average;
  3. be active in the team for which the letter is awarded (50% or greater participation in practicing competition);
  4. receive a recommendation by the team coach and approval by the senior JROTC instructor.

Requirements for a mathematics letter include:

  1. earn an overall GPA of 3.0 (unweighted or higher);
  2. be an active member of Mu Alpha Theta: participate in competition (minimum of 60% of school’s participation) or peer tutoring at school (minimum 30 hours per year);
  3. take AMC [AHSME] (reported score ≥ 60).

Requirements for theatre arts include:

  1. earn 75 Thespian points;
  2. earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher in theatre courses;
  3. participate in the equivalent of two major productions;
  4. receive a recommendation by adviser and/or teacher.

Requirements for TV production include:

  1. earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher in television production;
  2. participate in 30 hours over and above class time in television production;
  3. receive a recommendation by an advisor and/or teacher.

Requirements for visual arts include:

  1. earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher in visual arts classes;
  2. earn an overall GPA of C or higher;
  3. exhibit their own art work in or out of school;
  4. show evidence of 10 hours or more of involvement in the arts above and beyond the school day;
  5. assist the art teacher in the preparation and display of art work;
  6. receive a recommendation from an art teacher.

Scholar Designation

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:

  1. Mathematics - Earn one credit in Algebra II and one credit in statistics or an equally rigorous course. Beginning with students entering grade 9 in the 2014-2015 school year, pass the Geometry statewide, standardized assessment.
  2. Science - Pass the statewide, standardized Biology I EOC assessment and earn one credit in chemistry or physics and one credit in a course equally rigorous to chemistry or physics. However, a student enrolled in an Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Biology course who takes the respective AP, IB, or AICE Biology assessment and earns the minimum score necessary to earn college credit meets the requirement without having to take the statewide, standardized Biology I EOC assessment.
  3. Social studies - Pass the statewide, standardized United States History EOC assessment. However, a student enrolled in an AP, IB, or AICE course that includes United States History topics who takes the respective AP, IB, or AICE assessment and earns the minimum score necessary to earn college credit meets the requirement without having to take the statewide, standardized United States History EOC assessment.
  4. Foreign language - Earn two credits in the same foreign language.
  5. Electives - Earn at least one credit in an Advanced Placement, an International Baccalaureate, an Advanced International Certificate of Education, or a dual enrollment course. F.S.1003.4285

Merit Designation

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:

  1. Earning four world language course credits in the same world language with a cumulative 3.0 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale,
  2. Achieving a qualifying score on a world language assessment, or
  3. Satisfying alternative requirements as determined by the State Board of Education. F.S.1003.432

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.

Valedictorian/Salutatorian

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).

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