Edgewood ISD raises bar for honor grads

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The Edgewood ISD school board has voted to raise the grade point average requirement to be distinguished as an honor graduate.

The current GPA required for an honor graduate is 3.0. Beginning with the 2017– ’18 school year, the required GPA will be 3.5. Raising the requirement this year or next would be unfair to current juniors and seniors, Superintendent Andy Baker said.

The board also discussed possibly creating an additional classification for the top 10 percent of each class. The top 10 percent of a graduation class often receive tuition benefits from colleges and universities.

The change comes because the majority of each class has a 3.0 GPA and are classified as honor graduates, therefore the award isn’t recognizing those students that have truly excelled academically, district officials said. According to information from the district, most schools use a 3.5 GPA as the baseline for recognizing honor graduates.

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