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NCCS Stance on SBE Approved 10-Point Grading Scale

10At 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:

  • alignment
  • fairness and equity
  • consistency

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.

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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