HCPSS MPIA Request #2018-254

Requested Information
Pursuant to the Maryland Public Information Act Title 4, I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of public records pertaining to: the average Grade Point Averages (GPAs) for all 11th and 12th grade classes from each Howard County public high school for the following school years: 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. Additionally, if available, I am requesting disaggregated data be included (for those years and grades, per high school) for FARMs, Special Education and English Language Learner students.
Response Notes

GPAs can be different based on weighted or unweighted, core classes, electives, cohort considerations, etc. In essence, the grades that are included in any particular GPA are very specific to that individual student. For reference, there are several other standardized data points which all schools report to the Maryland State Department of Education on graduating classes, which are publically available through our website: http://www.hcpss.org/about-us/research-data-analysis/ as well as the MSDE Report Card website: http://reportcard.msde.maryland.gov/ that you may find useful.

Responsive Documents
Per discussions to narrow to non-disaggregated data on 12th grade GPAs by school, this includes all GPAs for 12th graders in school years 2012-2013 through 2016-2017 – cumulative unweighted GPA. The year column reflects the start of each school year, thus 2012 is for SY13, etc. HCPSS has made substantial efforts to ensure the accuracy of this information; however, data collection and reporting is consistently subject to change. Please be mindful when comparing data as many variances can occur between reports based on date pulled, parameters used, categories included, etc.

*Some request language is summarized to include the requester's specific document requests and legally protected information (such as personally identifiable information of a student) or personal, defamatory and malicious content removed at the discretion of the school system.

**Responses containing legally protected information available only to the person of interest are omitted from the above report.

***Howard County Public Schools reserves the right to remove erroneous or outdated documents from this site.