Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin supports the North Carolina State Board of Education's (SBE) plan announced last Friday to change the current seven-point grading scale to a 10-point scale in high schools across the state.
"The state has made this change in order to allow our students to be more competitive with students in surrounding states when being considered for college entrance and scholarships," said Dr. Baldwin. "I am hopeful that this will indeed be the case. I am also glad that the state decided to implement this for all students next year as opposed to phasing in the new scale over four years. I am concerned that this will affect the class rank of students. The most recent SBE release should address this concern."
The change calls for students who earn between a 90 percent and a 100 percent in a course to earn an A. As it stands now, the scale assigns a "B" letter grade to students earning 90, 91, or 92. The change is expected to be implemented in its entirety this fall.