Dothan Schools GPA Scale Change Controversy

Dothan, AL - In about two months, high school seniors will graduate. Most across the country already know who will give the valedictorian address, but in Dothan that's still up in the air.

That's because of a change to the weighted GPA.

"Before July, our policy allowed for every subject AP/or honors, but did not allow that for dual enrollment. We felt like the dual-enrollment course should have a weighted GPA. In July the board approved that," said Dothan Schools Superintendent Tim Wilder.

That shift has at least one student and her parents upset.

"That knocked Kasey from number one to number 3. Not because she didn't take hard classes, but because students who were dual-enrolled this year got more credit than students who were dual-enrolled last year," said Peppi Cooper.

Cooper wants the school board to make this right. She presented three options.

First option, allow students to graduate under the policy they start with in the 9th grade year.

Second option, students who took college classes last year get the same credit as students who took classes this year.

Or the final option is to allow co-valedictorians.

Above all she and other parents are asking for this.

"I want what any parent would want, what any administrator would want, and that's fairness across the board," said Cooper.

"Right now we're in a good spot, but I want to look at those options and see if it will help students. Not hurt them," said Wilder.

Because helping students is Wilder's top priority.

The school board has already looked at making the decision retroactive, but they decided against that in February. Wilder said he plans to carefully consider all three of these options, and review them with the board.


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