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School Board mulling possible change to division grading scale

The King George School Board got an update last week on results of a survey on the topic of possible changes that could be made to the division’s grading scale.
The grading scale committee was established in March by Superintendent Candace Brown.
Its purpose is to review the current grading scale and to research grading scales from other divisions with an eye to making recommendations concerning possible adoption of some changes.

The committee is headed up by Supervisor of Curriculum Ann Cocke and includes a mix of division staff and community members.
The main grading scale under consideration would be to change to a 10-point grading scale.
At least 75 school systems in 12 states have adopted the 10-point scale in the last few years.
And several others are moving to it beginning this fall. Spotsylvania and Stafford are two divisions among those groups.
With the current grading scale in King George, it takes a 94 to earn an A and an 86 for a B.
But more and more high schools nationwide rate 90 as an A and an 80 as a B.
In either case, an A receives 4 points and a B gets 3 when calculating grade point averages. In May, the committee posted information on the division Web site about its work and introduced the survey, along with some facts and information about the current and proposed grading scales.
It informed the school community, saying, “King George County Schools has convened a committee of parents, teachers, counselors and administrators to study our grading scale for grades 2-12. We want to ensure that our students are able to compete fairly for college admissions and scholarships based on their academic performance.”
Also in May, the word was put out by the committee that school employees and parents were being encouraged to check out online surveys on the topic and provide their views and comments.
Cocke told the School Board there were 240 employees who responded, with nearly 75 percent in favor of a change to the 10-point grading scale.
She said that 684 parents responded with nearly 90 percent in favor of going to a 10-point grading scale.
The School Board discussed the possibility of going to a 10-point scale and how to deal with grades for current high school students who are currently graded on the traditional 7-point scale.
“Their recommendation is to change to the 10-point grading scale and to maintain the grades prior that have been maintained,” Cocke said regarding the committee’s recommendation. “By that, I mean we had a lot of questions about should this be a retroactive change. The committee at this time did not recommend that.”
She said that a new software program that has been purchased would be able to deal with the transition for current students and include grades received on both the current system and the new system, if adopted.
The members of the School Board wanted to further explore the idea of converting grades for existing high school students, should they decide to adopt the new grading scale.
Chairperson Sherrie Allwine requested that example scenarios be provided at an upcoming meeting.
The School Board wants to see comparisons for how grades would appear on transcripts if past grades for existing high school students are converted and how they appear if they are not converted, but combine the two grading scales, should the 10-point grading scale be adopted.

By Phyllis Cook, Staff Reporter

  

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