ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees met on Tuesday night and discussed a litany of topics from budget amendments to the schedule of supplemental pay.
Among the items discussed on Tuesday night were pre-advanced placement courses and how they average into a students’ class ranking.
Prior to the meeting, students, regardless of which course structure they were under, would be ranked based on their overall grade point average. Class rankings can affect a student’s admission to in-state universities.
Pre-advanced placement courses are more rigorous than the standard curriculum offered at local schools.
Due to the top 10 percent rule in the state of Texas, students who fall within the top 10 percent of their class earn automatic acceptance to these in-state institutions. Although, in recent years, the percentage has shrunk. For example, the University of Texas now only grants automatic acceptance to the university if students fall within the top six percent of their class.
Lawmakers, in recent years, have considered dropping the rule.
However, ECISD trustees have voted to level the playing field. On Tuesday, the board unanimously voted to change the grade point average weight for students who elect to enroll in pre-advanced placement courses.
District officials say it is meant to reward high school students who have chosen to take the more challenging path in their academic careers.
The change will go into effect with 8th graders, or the class of 2024 and will not impact those who have already started high school.