Thursday , 14 December 2017
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State Board Approves Switching All High School Students to 10-Point Grading Scale

a+The State Board of Education voted Thursday to switch all high school students to a new 10-point grading scale this fall, reversing its previous decision to phase in the change during the next three years.
Starting with the 2015-16 school year, all high school students, instead of just freshmen, will be on a 10-point grading scale in which scores between 90 and 100 earn an A. It will replace the seven-point grading scale in which scores between 93 and 100 earn an A.
The change will not be applied retroactively to grades from this school year or to prior years. But state officials say they want future transcripts to list both numerical scores and letter grades and also to note that the seven-point grading scale was used through the 2014-15 school year.
The change will affect the way grade-point averages, or GPAs, are calculated for transcripts and class rank. North Carolina is one of a few states that set guidelines for high school grading scales and transcripts.
The board had voted in October to begin the 10-point grading scale with the 2015-16 school year’s freshmen class. But with many classes containing students at multiple grade levels, opponents of phasing the change in noted that classmates with the same numerical score could get a different letter grade.
The State Board is still moving forward with its decision to reduce the credit for taking Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and honors courses. That change still starts with freshmen this fall and won’t affect current high school students.
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About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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