Understanding GPA and Rank

GPA Calculation Definitions: 

Austin ISD uses a weighted 4.0 scale. Honors level courses are given a higher grade point value.

Cumulative GPA (weighted 4.0 scale):

  • Includes all high school courses taken for high school credit (cumulative).

  • Honors level courses receive higher grade point value.

  • Reported on student’s high school transcript. 

  • Reported on student’s report card.

  • Called Weighted GPA in Naviance.

Unweighted GPA (weighted 4.0 scale):

  • Includes all high school courses taken for high school credit (cumulative).

  • Honors level courses DO NOT receive higher grade point value.

  • NOT Reported on student’s high school transcript. 

  • Reported on student’s report card.

  • Called Cumulative GPA in Naviance.

 

Rank GPA (weighted 4.0 scale):

  • Includes high school courses in the 4 core areas and foreign language that meet graduation requirements. 

  • Honors level courses receive higher grade point value.

  • NOT Reported on student’s high school transcript. 

  • Reported on student’s report card.

  • Rank GPA is NOT listed in Naviance but you may find your actual RANK listed there.

The purpose of the district’s class rank policy is to promote rigorous academic standards and readiness for college, career, and life in a globally competitive economy. Class ranking shall be used to determine district honors and awards and will be submitted to colleges and universities.

 

It is important to note that class rank is a snapshot of a fluid process of adding to and updating the high school transcript. Semester averages may change as teachers’ gradebooks are updated; dual credits are added; and outside credits are completed. Even though transcripts are updated throughout the semester, once class rank is set for the semester, it remains unchanged until the next ranking period. AISD calculates class rank for students beginning the spring of their 10th grade year. Thereafter, students are ranked after the end of each semester. Current semester data is never used to calculate rank.

Beginning with the incoming 9th grade class of 2011-2012, Austin Independent School District (AISD) phased in Rank GPA calculation. This GPA calculation is used to determine class Rank for each student. The calculation is closely aligned with the graduation requirements as mandated by the State of Texas. Rank GPA calculation considers all available final semester grades for the courses that satisfy the student’s graduation plan in the following 5 curriculum areas: 

 

  • English Language Arts (ELA)

  • Social Studies

  • Science

  • Mathematics

  • Language Other than English (LOTE)