Wake students move to 10-point grading scale

Posted August 24, 2015

— Students across Wake County returned to school Monday with something new waiting for them in class.

The district is changing its grading system this year from a 7-point scale to a 10-point scale.

Under the old system, an A was 93 to 100. Now, a 90 and up is considered an A.

Education officials said the 10-point scale puts North Carolina in alignment with schools in most of the country, as well as with most colleges and universities. When it comes to transcripts, there will be a numerical grade, not a letter grade.

“So, a student who made a 91 in a class that gets an A and a kid who gets a 98, that will be differentiated in the way it's reported on the transcripts,” Cary High School Principal Nolan Bryant said.

The new grading scale will only be applied to coursework starting this year. Grades from prior years will not be changed to fit the new scale.

While critics contend the generous grade scale will mean easier As and Bs, educators disagree.

“In terms of the way we teach in the classrooms, the rigor will be the same, the way we deliver instruction will be the same,” Bryant said.


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  • Jim Halbert Aug 25, 2015
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    Correct. As an example, problems that were worth 2 points before would simply be worth 3 to 4 points under the new scale. It keeps everything equal.

  • Travis Everette Aug 25, 2015
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    Tripp, they aren't lowering the bar. They are simply implementing the same grading scale used at colleges and universities nationwide. "A" or "B" grades are relative labels, and the same work that used to be an A will be an A. The 10 point scale is both easier to understand and allows for greater differentiation. Sorry if that sort of nuance is lost on some.

  • Tripp Weiland Aug 25, 2015
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    Great idea! When our education lags behind, lower the bar.