New grad­ing scale awaits stu­dents

School Board hopes 10-point sys­tem helps grad­u­ates with col­lege ad­mis­sions

The Progress-Index Weekend - - PETERSBURG - Michael Buet­tner Staff Writer • Michael Buet­tner may be reached at mbuet­tner@progressindex.com or 722-5155.

PRINCE GE­ORGE – This school year, par­ents and teach­ers will be join­ing stu­dents in learn­ing some­thing new: how to use and in­ter­pret a new scale for grad­ing stu­dents' per­for­mance.

The School Board re­cently voted to ap­prove a switch to a 10-point grad­ing scale from the cur­rent 6- to 7-point scale. A fo­cus group ap­pointed by the School Board had rec­om­mended the change after a lengthy study of the issue in­volv­ing sur­veys and com­mu­nity meet­ings. Col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties were also con­sulted.

Many other school sys­tems in the re­gion and statewide have al­ready moved to a 10-point sys­tem. Ch­ester­field County, for ex­am­ple, made the change in 2014 from a six-point to a 10-point sys­tem, fol­low­ing the lead of large coun­ties in North­ern Vir­ginia.

The Prince Ge­orge fo­cus group found that other lo­cal­i­ties in Cen­tral Vir­ginia have also made the change, in­clud­ing Dinwiddie County. Colo­nial Heights last month be­came the lat­est lo­cal school sys­tem to make the change, just a cou­ple of weeks after Prince Ge­orge adopted the 10-point scale.

One of the main rea­sons school sys­tems have been mak­ing the switch is be­cause they believe it will help grad­u­ates com­pete more ef­fec­tively for col­lege ad­mis­sions against stu­dents from school di­vi­sions that have al­ready adopted a 10-point scale.

• Num­ber grade 97-100: letter grade A+, counting as 4.5 qual­ity points

• Num­ber grade 90-96: letter grade A, or 4 qual­ity points

• Num­ber grade 86-89: letter grade B+, or 3.5 qual­ity points

• Num­ber grade 80-85: letter grade B, or 3 qual­ity points

• Num­ber grade 76-79: letter grade C+, or 2.5 qual­ity points

• Num­ber grade 70-75: letter grade C, or 2 qual­ity points

• Num­ber grade 66-69: letter grade D+, or 1.5 qual­ity points

• Num­ber grade 60-65: letter grade D, 1 qual­ity point

A num­ber grade below 60 will count as an F and will re­sult in zero qual­ity points be­ing awarded.

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