KATY (Covering Katy News) - It's going to be impossible to get a D in Katy ISD schools, but that's not necessarily good news for struggling students. It could simply make it easier to get an F.
At its Board meeting last month, Katy Independent School District Trustees approved changes to the Academic Achievement Class Ranking and District grading policy. The updated policy removes the “D” letter grade from the alphabetical identification grades.
The update also addresses changes to the class ranking practice. Students who began the 2019-20 school year as juniors, sophomores or freshmen will also see a modification to the class rank reporting practice that is a part of that grading policy. While eleventh grade students in the top 10 percent will continue to receive a class rank in the spring semester of their junior year, all other students will receive a quartile rank during that same time. This year’s graduating seniors will adhere to the previous class rank reporting practice in which a ranking will be issued for every member of the class of 2020.
“We’ve found over time that labeling all students with an exact rank feeds a culture of unhealthy competition, stress and pressure,” said Dr. Christine Caskey. “The quartile ranking is beneficial to both the students and the campuses as it acknowledges success, while also allowing more latitude and anonymity within the parameters of each quartile,” added Caskey.
"Quartile ranking is consistent with the majority of Texas state public college admission policies," a Katy ISD press release stated.
Katy ISD campuses will be reviewing the updated policy with students in the coming weeks to help inform students and families of the recent changes.