School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Student Evaluation and Grading/Class Rank
Students will receive proficiency scores indicating how well they understand the concepts or skills taught during that marking period. The proficiency scores are:
For the 2013-2014 school year, in addition to the proficiency scores, students in fourth grade and fifth grade will receive letter grades in accordance with the numerical scale approved for use in the School Division as follows:
For the 2014-2015 school year, in addition to the proficiency scores, only students in fifth grade will receive letter grades as designated above.
For the 2015-2016 school year all K-5 students will receive proficiency scores only indicating how well they understand concepts or skills.
Numerical equivalents are authorized for the convenience of teachers in support of letter grades and are not to be interpreted as recommended for evaluating all phases of learning in any given subject. Numerical equivalents are as follows:
If a student or parent or legal guardian questions a grade, the procedures listed below will be used.
The following procedures will be used in computing the class rank of students.
Each final grade will be given the indicated value: A=4, A- = 3.7, B+ = 3.3, B=3, B- = 2.7, C+ = 2.3, C=2.0, C- = 1.7, D+ = 1.3, D=1.0, E=O. Each indicated value for a year course is to be recorded twice, and each indicated value for a semester course is to be recorded once. The values are to be totaled and divided by the number of values used to obtain the total. The division of the total is to be carried to four (4) decimal places in obtaining the grade point average of the student.
After the grade point average of the student has been determined, bonus credit will be added for advanced placement courses and specifically approved courses such as international baccalaureate and magnet courses. The Department of Teaching and Learning will determine which courses are to receive bonus credit. Bonus credit will be awarded as follows for year courses: (A, A-) =.0488, (B+, B, B-) =.0366, (C+, C, C-) =.0244, (D+, D) =.0122, E=O. Bonus credit will be awarded as follows for semester courses: (A , A-) = .0244; (B+, B, B-) = .0183; (C+, C, C-) = .0122; (D+, D) = .0061; and E = 0.
Example (using the data from the above example):
Total Grade Point Average: 3.4167
One (1) Yearlong Advanced Placement Course, with grade of "A/93": .0488 bonus
One (1) Semester Magnet Course, with a grade of "B/86": .0183 bonus
Computation: 3.4167 + .0488 + .0183 = 3.4838
Final Total Grade Point Average: 3.4838
Student No. 1 GPA = 3.9880
Student No. 2 GPA = 3.9880
Student No. 3 GPA = 3.8972
Student No. 4 GPA = 3.8972
Section D of School Board Policy 5 29 reads "To be eligible as or valedictorian(s)/salutatorian(s) students must complete the last four (4) consecutive semesters in the high school."
Approved by Superintendent: July 16, 1991
Revised by Superintendent: October 19, 1993
Revised by Superintendent: January 18, 1994 (not distributed)
Revised by Superintendent: April 19, 1994
Revised by Superintendent: December 20, 1994
Revised by Superintendent: October 31, 2000
Revised by Superintendent: October 17, 2001
Amended by the School Board: April 20, 2010
Revised by Superintendent: January 9, 2014
Revised by Superintendent: January 14, 2014