School board member: Consequences if Richmond doesn't change grade scale

Published: Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:38 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2013 at 9:55 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond School Board is considering switching from the district's current six-point grading scale, to a ten-point scale. It is a move Henrico and Chesterfield are expected to make next month, which is a huge impetus behind the city's discussion.

The move is taking hold across the country and right here in the commonwealth.

"We want to make sure that Richmond is keeping up with the national trends and good education policy," said School Board Member Glen Sturtevant.

This isn't only about "following the leaders." Sturtevant explains there are serious consequences for Richmond students applying to colleges if the district doesn't switch over.

"It's going to mean that they will have a significantly more difficult time not only getting in, but also getting a strong scholarship package or financial aid package," he described.

A Richmond GPA would appear on paper to not be as good as that of a student in a ten-point scale district.

For example, a 91 will be an "A" in a 10-point school, but only a "B" in a Richmond classroom. For colleges, the same number would lead to a 4.0 in some places, but only a 3.0 here.

If passed, the new scale wouldn't go into effect until the 2014-2015 school year because central office officials say it would take time to implement.

Board members would also have to decide if this will be retroactive, forcing them to revise grades already received, or if they would just start for everyone next school year and figure out how to balance the two scales.

The board asked the administration to get more information at its next meeting in August, when it also hopes to vote on the scale.

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