The affect of a standardized test on the final grade in some courses now counts the same for dual-enrollment students in Columbia County as it does for all other high school students.
Earlier this year, the school board voted that the End of Course Test will count for 20 percent of a student's final grade for the courses in which that exam is required. Previously, the test counted for only 15 percent of the final grade.
During a recent board retreat, school officials discovered that a policy dictating the terms for students wishing to take part in a dual-enrollment program still maintained the 15 percent rule.
Dual enrollment is a program in which students can take college courses while earning both college and high school credits.
On Tuesday, the board altered the dual-enrollment policy to match the EOCT policy.
It takes immediate effect, though officials don't expect it will often need to be enforced.
System Director of High School Learning Rose Carraway said only a few students taking a college-level economics course in recent years had to take the EOCT.