PCSSD - 5.21 Advanced Placement Courses

5.21 Advanced Placement Courses

Students in grades 7-12 who take advanced placement courses or concurrent credit college courses approved for weighted credit by the Arkansas Department of Education shall be graded according to the following schedule.

A =100 – 90
B = 89 – 80
C = 79 – 70
D = 69-60
F = 59 and below

For the purpose of determining grade point averages, the numeric value of each letter grade shall be

A = 5 points
B = 4 points
C = 3 points
D = 2 point
F = 0 points

For a student to be eligible to receive weighted credit for an AP course, the student's course must have been taught by an Arkansas licensed teacher who has received the appropriate training required by Arkansas statute and ADE Rule or, for an AP teacher, is in the process of completing an Additional Training Plan.

Additionally, for students taking AP courses to receive weighted credit they must take the applicable AP examination after completing the entire course. Credit shall be given for each grading period during the course of the year, but shall be retroactively removed from a student’s grade for any course in which the student fails to take the applicable AP exam.  Students who do not take the AP exam shall receive the same numeric value for the grade he/she receives in the course as if it were a non-AP course.

Students who transfer into the district will be given weighted credit for the Advanced Placement courses approved by the Arkansas Department of Education, and concurrent college courses taken for weighted credit at his/her previous school(s) according to the preceding scale.

AP exams and the student’s score on the exam does not affect the student’s grade for the course, students can reasonably be expected to take the test. By standardizing the timing of awarding weighted credit across Arkansas, all students will be on a level playing field regarding their GPA for college applications. 



Legal References: 

  • Arkansas Department of Education Rules and Regulations Governing Uniform Grading Scales for Public Secondary Schools
  • ADE Rules for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Diploma Incentive Program
  • A.C.A. § 6-15-902(c)(1)
  •  A.C.A. § 6-16-806                           

Adopted:  12/12/17