The Carroll ISD board of trustees voted 6-0 to approve the new grading guidelines for the 2023-24 school year.

At the July 24 meeting, administrator Gina Petty highlighted the new artificial intelligence policy, which does not prohibit the use of AI but restricts it to monitor plagiarism. Other changes were made to clarify wording.

Zooming in

The district wants to use AI to enhance learning but also believes in the importance of individual effort, critical thinking and the responsible use of technology, according to documents. There were three expectations set in regards to using AI for student assignments.
  • Originality: Students must take personal responsibility for the originality and authenticity of their work. Assignments should reflect their own thoughts, ideas and understanding of the subject matter.
  • Proper attribution and citation: When incorporating AI-generated content into their assignments, students must accurately cite and attribute the sources. This includes acknowledging the use of AI tools and providing appropriate citations or attributions for any external content generated by AI algorithms.
  • Academic integrity: Students should adhere to the principles of academic integrity, honesty and respect for intellectual property rights. Plagiarism, whether facilitated by AI tools or other means, is prohibited.
Quote of note

“We’re not shying away from [AI],” Place 6 Trustee Alex Sexton said. “We’re going to embrace it. It’s going to happen anyway, so we might as well get on board.”

In other news

The trustees also approved two changes, amending a budget and approving work on the football stadium.
  • The board also unanimously voted to pass a budget amendment to pay its $38 million recapture payment to the state. The amount is higher than projected due higher tax collections and lower average daily attendance. An amendment was passed to transfer $3.5 million to general fund to cover the increase.
  • Repairs were approved for $63,835 for Dragon Stadium, which was built in 2001, according to documents. Updated carpet, paint and flooring in the stadium offices and press box will be finished prior to the start of the 2023 football season. Money for the repairs will come from a project graduation auction and revenue from renting the stadium to XFL teams this past spring.