At its January meeting, the State Board of Education revisited its earlier decision regarding the transition plan for the high school grading scale. In the fall of 2015, all high school students will transition to a 10-point grading scale at the same time. This change addresses concerns expressed by school and district leaders, educators and parents regarding equity within classrooms and athletic eligibility. Changes to quality points or course weights will be phased in beginning with ninth graders, as planned.
Heather Mullins, Chief Academic Officer for Newton-Conover, led a focus group comprised of NCMS administrators, teachers, parents, and students to determine whether or not it would be prudent to move to a 10-point scale at the middle school. The group engaged in the Trego Decision Analysis process. The consensus of the group was that moving to a 10-point scale at the middle school was the right decision due to the following reasons:
- fairness and equity
Tammy Brown, Director of Elementary Education and ESL, will hold similar focus groups at the elementary level to determine next steps at the elementary level.
For more detailed information on this State Board Policy, click here.