When a student in Running Start drops a class at the college, and receives
a "W" on their college transcript, should the high school
post the grade as an "F" on the high school transcript?
A. It must be
posted as a "W" on the high school transcript.
Q-30. If a Running Start student fails
to pay his fees to a college, but otherwise completes thecoursework
satisfactorily, can the college withhold his grades? Can the student
be prevented from graduating from high school?
A. The answer
to the first question lies in the applicable policy of the particular
institution. The answer to the second question is no. The failure to
pay college fees related to the earning of college credit via Running
Start is separate from the issue of whether the student satisfactorily
met the course requirements to pass and apply the earned credits toward
high school graduation. The college is limited to withholding the student's
grades only pertaining to issuing the student's college transcript.In
the situation described above, the high school counselor and the Running
Start coordinator at the college must communicate with one another in
order for the high school to be apprised of the student's grade. It
is possible for a student to receive high school credit, but not college
credit, in the situation described.
Q-31. Are all Running Start courses shown on the high school
A. Yes. Running
Start courses need to be recorded on the transcript. Beginning with
9th grade students in 2005, the standardized transcript will contain
a designation of “R” for courses completed and credit earned
through Running Start. See WAC 180-57-070(2)(b)(i)
Q-32. How does the high school transcribe
a grade from a college class through Running Start if the college uses
a different grading scale than the high school? (e.g., the college bases
a Bon a 2.6 and the high school uses 2.7). Will the student have different
grades on the high school and college transcripts?
A. It is possible
that the respective transcripts will show different grades. However,
the high school transcript needs to record the grade in compliance with
WAC 180-57-050. The high school would transcribe the grade appropriate
to the rules for K-12 and the college would transcribe the grade appropriate
to its policy.
Q-33. Should a school/district award dual
credit to a student who successfully completes a College in the High
If the student passes the class and earns the credits, the transcript
must record the high school credit earned. The college credit that is
earned is recorded on the transcript of the college the student will
attend, subject to that institution's credit recognition policy.
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