Fewer High School Students Taking Tough Classes

Laramie, WY – State schools superintendent Jim McBride says fewer Wyoming high school students are signing up for the most difficult classes so they can be more competitive for the Hathaway Scholarship.

McBride told the Legislature's Joint Education Committee that fewer students are taking Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and dual-enrollment college classes.

Students qualify for the Hathaway scholarship based on grade point averages and ACT scores. The scholarship ranges from $800 to $1,600 a semester.

McBride says his department is considering creating a "multiplier" for advanced classes. With a multiplier, an "A" grade in an advanced class would be weighted more heavily in a student's GPA than an "A" grade in a regular class.