Friday , 15 December 2017
Breaking News

Changes to Middle and High School Grading

grades chalkboard 2Parents of students in grades 6-12 will receive a letter the first day of school outlining changes to the State Board of Education Policy GCS-L-004.  This policy outlines changes to both the grading scale in North Carolina High Schools and the weights for honors level courses, AP/IB level courses, and college-level courses students can take while enrolled in high school.

All North Carolina high schools will be adopting a 10-point grading scale to be compliant with State Board Policy.  This policy helps align to the college/university grading model.  School districts have the options for grading systems for elementary and middle schools.  Last year, Heather Mullins, NCCS Chief Academic Officer, met with administrators, parents, teachers, and students at NCMS in a focus group to gauge which grading model would be best for the middle school.  The results from the focus group were clear.  All stakeholders supported moving to the 10-point scale.  Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, all students in grades 6-12 in Newton-Conover City School will be on the 10-point grading scale.

Another change in this State Board policy affects freshmen entering high school this year. High school weights for incoming freshmen and all students entering high school this year of any year after will be as follows:

Honors courses – Effective with the freshman class of 2015-16, the weighting for Honors courses shall be one-half (.5) of a quality point.

Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate (AP/IB) courses – Effective with the freshman class of 2015-16, the weight for AP/IB courses shall be one (1) quality point.

College courses (“dual enrollment”) – The state weighting system adds the equivalent of one (1) quality point to the grade earned in community college courses included on the most recent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Transfer List, and for courses taught at four-year universities and colleges.

If you have any questions regarding course weighting or the 10-point grading scale, please contact your child’s guidance counselor.

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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