Hopewell considers altering grading scale to 10-point system

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Posted by Phil Riggan - email

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - How should students be graded? That's the topic of a big debate going on in Hopewell. The school system is looking into lowering its grading scale.

Proponents  say lowering the grading scale will bring Hopewell in line with the grading scales of surrounding localities. Opponents say, the change will lower standards.

School leaders are now looking at modifying  its grading scale.. From a 7-point system to a 10-point system. Here's the breakdown.

Right now, a 93 and higher is considered an "A" -- Under the proposal a 90 and above would be an "A"

And when it comes to failing, any Hopewell student with a 69 or  below  gets an "F" -- But under the proposal 59 or lower would be a failing grade.

School leaders say the current grading scale is putting Hopewell students at a disadvantage when compared to students in surrounding localities.

For example, if a Richmond  or Chesterfield student scores an  84  -- it's considered a "B" --

But if a Hopewell student scores an 84, it's "C."

The superintendent of schools backs the proposal.

"It's necessary so that our young people will be on the same playing field as other kids on other areas," said Dr. Winston Odom.

A public information forum will be held on the topic  this Thursday at 7 p.m. It will take place at Carter G. Middle School in Hopewell.

The school board is expected to vote on the issue in August.

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