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Automatic Admission Policy & FAQ for 11th Grade Rank

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ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT                                                               

CLASS RANKING     

 

EIC (LEGAL)

 

Automatic Admission to Institution of Higher Education

 

All applicants from Texas schools accredited by a generally recognized accrediting agency and who graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class or who graduate in the top 25 percent of their high school class, to the extent the governing board of a general academic teaching institution has adopted such an admission policy, shall be admitted to a general academic teaching institution [see Education Code 61.003(3)] if the student meets the following conditions:

 

1. The student has met one of the following:

 

a. Successfully completed the distinguished level of achievement under the Foundation, Recommended, or Advanced High School Program from a Texas public high school as outlined under Education Code 28.025 [see EIF];

 

b. Satisfied ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks on the ACT assessment; or

 

c. Earned a score on the SAT that meets the minimum requirements described by 19 Administrative Code 5.5(b)(1)(D).

 

2. The student submitted an official high school transcript or diploma that must, not later than the end of the student's junior year, indicate whether the student has satisfied the above requirements. 19 TAC 5.5(b); Education Code 51.803(a)

 

Exception:

Beginning with admissions for the 2011–12 academic year, the University of Texas at Austin (UT) is not required to offer admission to applicants who qualify for automatic admission in excess of the number required to fill 75 percent of the university’s enrollment capacity designated for first-time resident undergraduate students in an academic year.

 

If the number of applicants who apply to UT for admission in the next academic year and who qualify for automatic admission exceeds 75 percent of UT’s enrollment capacity, UT shall, not later than September 15, provide to each district, for dissemination to high school juniors and their parents, notice of which percentile ranks of high school seniors who qualify for automatic admission are anticipated to be offered admission during the next school year. Education Code 51.803(a-1)–(a-2)

 

Curriculum Requirements

An applicant who does not satisfy the curriculum requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the foundation

program, the Recommended High School Program, or the Advanced/Distinguished Achievement High School Program is considered to have satisfied those requirements if the student completed the portion of the applicable curriculum that was

available to the student but was unable to complete the remainder solely because the necessary courses were unavailable to the

student at the appropriate times in the student’s high school career as a result of course scheduling, lack of enrollment capacity, or another cause not within the student’s control. Education Code 51.803(b)

 

To qualify for admission under this section, an applicant must submit an application before the expiration of any application filing

deadlines and provide a transcript that satisfies the requirements listed in Education Code 51.803(d). A student’s transcript or diploma must, not later than the student’s junior year, indicate the student’s progress toward satisfying the curriculum requirements [see EI]. Education Code 51.803(c)-(d)

 

Signs to Be Posted

A board shall require each high school in the district to post appropriate signs in each school counselor’s office, in each principal’s

office, and in each administrative building indicating the substance of the automatic admission provisions above. Education Code

28.026

 

Dissemination

A district shall provide each student, at the time the student first registers for one or more classes required for high school graduation, with a written notification concerning automatic college admission, the curriculum requirements for financial aid under Education Code, Title 3, and the benefits of completing the requirements for automatic admission and financial aid. A school district shall obtain written acknowledgement of receipt of the notification from each eligible student and student’s parent or guardian. The notification must be signed by the student’s school counselor in addition to being signed by the student and the student’s parent or guardian. 19 TAC 61.1201

 

To assist in dissemination of information regarding the automatic admissions program, a district shall:

 

1. Require that each school counselor and class advisor at a high school be provided a detailed explanation of the substance of the program;

 

2. Provide each student, at the time the student first registers for one or more classes required for high school graduation, with a written notification, using the appropriate form adopted by the Commissioner, of the substance of the program;

 

3. Require that each school counselor and senior class advisor at a high school explain to eligible students the substance of the program;

 

4. Require that, at the beginning of grades 10 and 11, a certified counselor explain the requirements of automatic admission to a general academic teaching institution to each student who has a grade point average in the top 25 percent of the student’s high school class [see FFEA]; and

 

5. Not later than the 14th day after the last day of classes for the fall semester or an equivalent date in the case of a school operated on a year-round system, provide each eligible senior student and each junior student who has a grade point average in the top ten percent of the student’s high school class, and the student’s parent or guardian, with a written notification, using the appropriate form adopted by the Commissioner, of the student’s eligibility with a detailed explanation in plain language of the substance of the program. The district shall obtain written acknowledgment of receipt of the notification from each eligible student and the student’s parent or guardian. Education Code 28.026, 33.007(c)

 

Note: The Notification of Eligibility for Automatic College Admission, intended to satisfy the requirement at item 5 above, is available on the TEA website.

 

Class Rank

High school rank for students seeking automatic admission to a general teaching institution on the basis of their class rank is determined

and reported as follows:

 

1. Most recent available class rank, based on a point in time no

earlier than the end of the 11th grade, shall be used for admission

decision-making.

 

2. The top ten percent and top 25 percent of a high school class

shall not contain more than ten percent and top 25 percent,

respectively, of the total class size.

 

3. The student’s rank shall be reported by the applicant’s high

school or school district as a specific number out of a specific

number total class size.

 

4. Class rank shall be determined by the Texas school or district

from which the student graduated or is expected to graduate.

19 TAC 5.5(f)

 

Certain Programs

If the program meets the requirements of Education Code 51.8045,

a board may treat a high school magnet program, academy, or

other special program conducted by the district at a high school

attended by high school students who are not in the special program

as an independent high school with its own graduating class

for purposes of Education Code 51.803 and 51.804 only (top ten

and top 25 percent rule). Education Code 51.8045

 

End-of-Course Assessments

A student's performance on an end-of-course assessment instrument

may not be used in determining the student’s class ranking

for any purpose, including entitlement to automatic college admission.

Education Code 39.0232(b)(1)

 

1 Notification of Eligibility for Automatic College Admission:

http://tea.texas.gov/index2.aspx?id=2147485632

 

DATE ISSUED: 7/18/2018

UPDATE 111

EIC(LEGAL)-P

 

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CLASS RANKINGS
 
 
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT CLASS RANKING PHILOSOPHY: The District desires to honor and recognize students who have attained high academic achievement through self discipline, determination, and hard work.
 
McAllen ISD Board Policy – EIC Local (Academic Achievement – Class Ranking) The District shall include in the calculation of class rank only grades earned in grades 9–12 for high school credit and only in certain courses in the following subjects, as listed in the curriculum bulletin: English, mathematics, science, and social studies, except as excluded in this policy. Failing grades in these courses shall also be included.
 
Class Rank System: The following provisions address the District’s Class Ranking System used for purposes of declaring local honors in accordance with state law. Class ranks shall be calculated by the District as follows:
 
• End of 9th grade – 2 semester GPA/RIC (rank in class) calculated and released no later than October 21, 2019 for those students who have earned a minimum of 6.0 credits though Aug. 31, 2019.
• End of 10th grade – 4 semester GPA/RIC (rank in class) calculated and released no later than September 23, 2019 for students who have earned a minimum of 13 credits as of Aug. 31, 2019.
• End of 11th grade – 6 semester Official GPA/RIC (rank in class) Release 1 of 2 calculated and released no later than June 30, 2019 for students who are classified as an 11th grader as of May 31, 2019. This will be the official ranking until the Release 2 of 2 is calculated and released no later than September 9, 2019.
• End of 11th grade – 6 semester Official GPA/RIC (rank in class) Release 2 of 2 calculated and released no later than September 9, 2019 for students who have earned a minimum of 20 credits as of August 30, 2019.
• Midterm 12th grade – 7 semester Official GPA/RIC (rank in class) calculated and released no later than January 27, 2020 for students who have earned a minimum of 20 credits through Jan. 20, 2020.
• Final GPA/RIC (for graduating Seniors) – Official certification of Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Top 10% calculated after 5th Six weeks of the current Academic Year. The average of the fourth and fifth six-week grades shall be given two-thirds the weight of a semester grade for this purpose.
 
 
9th Grade - Freshman
0 - 5.5 Credits
10th Grade - Sophomore
6.0 – 12.5 Credits
11th Grade - Junior
13.0 – 19.5 Credits
12th Grade - Senior
20.0 – 26.0+ Credits
Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 3 Sem 4 Sem 5 Sem 6 Sem 7 Sem 8
  End of 9th grade 2 semester GPA/RIC calculated and released no later than October 21, 2019 (Fall semester for those students who have earned a minimum of 6.0 credits through end of previous academic year. End of 10th grade 4 semester GPA/RIC calculated and released no later than September 23, 2019 (Fall semester for students who have earned a minimum of 13 credits through end of previous academic year.
End of 11th grade
6 semester GPA/RIC
Release 1 of 2 calculated and released no later than June 30, 2019 for students who are classified as an 11th grader at the end of Spring semester.
6 semester GPA/RIC
Release 2 of 2 calculated and released no later than September 9, 2019 (Fall semester for students who have earned a minimum of 20 credits through end of previous academic year.
Midterm 12th grade 
7 semester Official GPA/RIC calculated and released no later than January 20, 2020 for students who have earned a minimum of 20 credits through end of fall semester.
 
End of Grading Period 5
Final GPA/RIC for Top 10% Graduating Seniors Valedictorian and Salutatorian determined
 
 
 
FAQ – End of 11th Grade 6th Semester Official GPA/RIC (Rank in Class) Release 1 of 2 and Release 2 of 2
Effective 2018-2019
 
• Why does McAllen ISD release two official End of 11th Grade 6th semester GPA/RICs?
 
1. Prior to 2018 – 2019, ranks were released to 11th graders in the spring of their as a 5 Semester Official GPA/RIC (Rank in Class)
2. Applytexas.org opens on July 1 and students who have their class rank can complete the application for Early Enrollment for Automatic Admission; however having only 1 release would mean that the first available rank would be no later than September 9, 2019;
3. Universities with limited seats in competitive majors may close admission early;
4. For on campus housing, some universities require either a complete application up to full admittance before allowing a students a spot in the on campus housing facilities;
5. Some scholarship deadlines are earlier than university deadlines;
6. Other districts across Texas are offering earlier official sixth semester ranks. Thus, for McAllen ISD student’s to remain competitive, the ranks must be released earlier to allow them to compete for limited slots.
 
• When will End of 11th Grade 6th semester Official GPA/Rank in Class Release 1 of 2 be?
 
The Release 1 of 2 Rank will be available no later than June 30, 2019. This is the official rank until it is replaced by the Release 2 of 2 no later than September 9, 2019. The Release 1 of 2 Rank can be picked up at the school no later than June 13, 2019 when it is available, and it will be mailed home on June 17, 2019.
 
• When will End of 11th Grade 6th semester Official GPA/Rank in Class Release 2 of 2 be?
 
The Release 2 of 2 will be calculated and released no later than September 9, 2019. As with all class ranking releases, this release supersedes all previous releases.
 
• Will a student’s Release 1 of 2 and Release 2 of 2 be identical?
 
Unlikely. Here are some possible reasons why the two ranks will not be identical:
 
1. Courses completed in summer 2019 from summer school and South Texas College Dual Enrollment Academies courses that are part of the degree plan will be calculated in the September Release 2 of 2 Rank but not in the June Release 1 of 2 Rank.
2. Students who moved during the summer to other schools are not included in the September Release 2 of 2 Rank, but were included in the June Release 1 of 2 Rank.
3. New students enroll in August/September and are included in the September Release 2 of 2 Rank but were not included in the June Release 1 of 2 Rank.
 
• Will a student be able to choose which End of 11th Grade (6 semester Official GPA/Rank with Class Release 1 or Release 2) to use?
 
With the release of the September Release 2 of 2 Rank, the June Release 1 of 2 Rank will no longer be applicable since it has been replaced by the September Release 2 of 2 Rank. The universities must decide which rank is acceptable.
 
• May a student send both of the End of 11th Grade (6 semester Official GPA/Rank with Class Release 1 and Release 2)?
 
While McAllen ISD is providing the class ranks, the district does not dictate to universities. Any questions as to which rank can or must be used is determined by the university that the student is applying for admission.
 
• Must a student who has sent the June Release 1 of 2 Rank also send the September Release 2 of 2 Rank if it is lower than the June Release 1 of 2 Rank?
 
While McAllen ISD is providing the class ranks, the district does not dictate to universities. Any questions as to which rank can or must be used is determined by the university that the student is applying for admission.
 
• Which students should send the June Release 1 of 2 Rank?
 
This is a personal decision the student/parent/guardian should make. Here is information to help make a decision:
1. Students who are in the top ten percent (10%) of their class will be automatically admitted into all public colleges and universities in Texas except for the University of Texas at Austin.
2. Students who are in the top six percent (6%) of their class and are 2020 graduates will be automatically admitted to the University of Texas at Austin.
3. There is no guarantee that a student’s rank will improve from June to September.
 
• How will this information be given to students and parents/guardians?
 
1. Counselors will conduct Junior conferences 2018-2019 to explain the two ranks;
2. This FAQ document will be posted on the District and Campus website;
3. This FAQ document will be mailed to the parents of Juniors 2018-2019 (9th grade cohort 2016 - 2017).
 
(Updated April 15, 2019)