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Grading scale to change for all NC high schoolers next year

Posted January 7, 2015

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— The State Board of Education is expected to vote Thursday to shift all North Carolina high school students to a 10-point range for each letter grade next year.

The vote is a change from an October decision to phase in the new grading scale with freshmen in the 2015-16 school year.

The state currently uses a seven-point scale, meaning an A is 100 to 93, a B is 92 to 85 and so forth, with a grade below 70 earning an F.

The proposed scale would mean 100 to 90 would be an A. A failing grade would be anything below 60.

Some students and teachers lobbied for implementing the system for everyone rather than over a four-year period, noting grading sophomores, junior and seniors differently than freshmen next year could lead to chaos.

The state's largest school districts have said the 10-point system would simplify grading and help students in applying for college. Some other states already use a 10-point system.

The state board also plans to change the weight for Advanced Placement and honors courses during the switch to the new grading system.

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  • Kenny Dunn Jan 8, 2015
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    Always glad to hear from an insider. We need to do what is best for the children in this state.

  • itsnotmeiswear Jan 8, 2015

    This change has nothing to do with students being smarter or dumber. This change is about putting students on a level playing field with students from other states when they are being compared by GPA for admissions to college and scholarship opportunities. That being said, this is really going to throw a monkey wrench into the class rankings, but it will make it easier for students taking weighted classes to get rewarded for it.

  • yesimagirl Jan 8, 2015

    This makes me sad for the kids who work so hard to obtain A's under the current range. It's watering down - to some degree - what it means to be an "A" student.

  • Not Now Jan 8, 2015

    My primary and secondary education was in a school system in a suburb of Dallas, TX. RISD (Richardson Independent School District) used a 10-point scale. If we were so dumbed down, then how did my high school win the Academic Decathalon (Ac-Dec, for those in the know) so many times? A quick check of Wikipedia shows that the vast majority of winning teams are from California and then Texas. Texas school systems use the 10-point scale. If I dig a bit, I'm sure I'll find California uses a 10-point scale too.

  • Come On_Seriously Jan 8, 2015

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    Really? While I would initially disagree, it comes to mind that the school board likely has very few education majors. However, our 'esteemed' governor was indeed an education major, and his logic is certainly poor.

  • Come On_Seriously Jan 8, 2015

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    That's exactly the difference. Growing up in NC, a 7-pt scale was always standard. 10-pt scale wasn't until college.

  • simplylindsey2010 Jan 8, 2015

    I agree with one comment they need to make tyhis across the board. For example a freshman and sophmore take the same course. One fails, the sophmore with a 69, whereas the freshamn passes with a 61. Of course these are education majors so logic is not their strongpoint.

  • busyb97 Jan 8, 2015

    I'm wondering when it changed to a 7-pt system?? I had never heard of that scale. All through college, we were on the 10-point system. But I didn't grow up or attend college in NC, perhaps that is the difference.

  • paul2345 Jan 8, 2015

    Pay your instructors nothing and watch the brain drain of relocation occur for years (the real reason so many educators left), dump Common Core for less rigorous standards, convert to a grading standard that is no more effective in graduating students (Fairfax County, my home, had this and still didn't rise above 81% graduation three decades ago, waste time and money on bussing arguments (diversity schooling here and neighborhood schools in Charlotte both graduate in the low 80 percentile -- no advantage either way but ideologues argue otherwise). How about bringing the parents of failing students into the classrooms to learn alongside their kids? Teach two generations at the same time, and you just might break the cycle of welfare, poverty, and illiteracy.

  • Olenc Native Jan 8, 2015
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    Thank you so much.

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