Hanover school board debates changing grading scale

Hanover school board debates changing grading scale

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Report cards in Hanover could look different in the future. On Tuesday, the school board will consider changing how students are graded, transitioning to a 10-point grading scale.

Hanover currently uses a seven-point grading scale, without the pluses and minuses. So, an "A" means students earned anywhere between a 93 and a 100. An "F" is for 69 and below.

Here is how things will look under the proposed scale:

  • A+: 97 - 100
  • A: 93 - 96
  • A-: 90 - 92
  • F: 64 and below

The scale has been under discussion since at least October when a committee was formed to study the issue.

Parents launched an online petition, and it has garnered more than 1,600 signatures in support of the 10-point scale. Parents argue the proposed grading system would put students on an equal playing ground in comparison to the surrounding counties when it comes to how students' GPAs are calculated for college admissions.

The school board asked school staff for its recommendations on changing the scale. The ideas will be heard on Tuesday night, but they will not be voted on.

The board has until June to make a decision, which will impact the 2017 to 2018 school year.

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