Grading scale to change for all NC high schoolers next year

Posted January 7, 2015 4:01 p.m. EST
Updated January 7, 2015 4:15 p.m. EST

— 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.