Changes have been made to the way high school GPAs are calculated for the Hathaway Scholarship. In accordance with Senate Enrolled Act 0056, the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) established a grade-weighting policy that accounts for the increased academic rigor of certain high school courses.
All districts will be required to use the weighted Hathaway GPA starting in the 2018-19 school year. Hathaway-approved AP, IB, and Dual/Concurrent 1000-level and above courses will be weighted.
- The Hathaway GPA will be based on a scale from 0 to 5.0. All courses taken will be included in the GPA calculation; however, only AP, IB, and Dual/Concurrent college courses 1000-level and above will be weighted. College courses below the 1000-level will not be weighted.
- All Hathaway courses must be approved by the WDE’s Hathaway Team. Additionally, AP courses must be approved by the College Board, and IB courses must be approved by the International Baccalaureate program.
- Starting in the 2018-19 school year, all student transcripts must include the weighted Hathaway GPA.
- The weighted GPA does not apply to any students who graduate before the 2018-19 school year.
- Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, all AP, IB, and Dual/Concurrent Enrollment courses students are taking or have previously taken will be weighted.
- Students do not have to take an AP test in order to receive a weighted grade.
- Students taking Dual/Concurrent Enrollment courses do not need to receive college credit from those courses in order to receive a weighted grade.
- The Chapter 38 Rules have not yet been updated – the Rules Promulgation Procedure requires all new rules to be open for public comment before full implementation.
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