New grading scale awaits students
School Board hopes 10-point system helps graduates with college admissions
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.