An audience of about 50 people gathered inside Wilton High School’s Little Theater on Thursday, April 23, for a Board of Education public hearing on weighted grades.
“The topic was introduced a couple of months ago and the Communication, Alignment and Policy Committee began to explore it, and they and I have learned that it’s not a simple yes-no, weighted or not question,” said Superintendent Kevin Smith. “It’s multi-dimensional.”
Before taking comments and questions from the public, the board had experts from the Wilton community share their thoughts and address questions about weighted grades.
“Grade weighting is giving additional grade points in some manner for honors, Advanced Placement or some other courses,” said Matt Greene, independent educational consultant and Wilton resident.
“It is not a fast-and-hard formula — sometimes it means adding a point or half-point for an honors or advanced class; other times it means multiplying a grade by a particular factor.”
Greene, who works with and counsels college-bound students from Wilton and other districts across the country, said there is not one accepted standard grading system in Connecticut, the United States or internationally.
“Research does suggest that about 70% more schools in the U.S. do use some form of weighting,” he said, “but there’s no commonly agreed upon best practice or standard for this.”