Parents 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.