New Grading Scale Takes Effect August 2016
This spring the State Board of Education voted unanimously to move South Carolina schools to a 10-point grading scale. The statewide shift applies to all students in grades 9-12 and will take effect August 2016. Given the option by the Board of Education to extend the policy more broadly, District 7 will use the new scale for students in grades 2-12.
Citing the change in policy as a positive step, State Superintendent Molly Spearman explains it this way: “We’ve heard from hundreds of parents, students and teachers saying that we needed to level the playing field. With our current 7-point scale, a 92 is a “B” in South Carolina, while it’s an “A” for students in North Carolina and Georgia and many other states. That means a South Carolina student gets a 3 for his GPA, while the same 92 gets a student in North Carolina a 4 for his GPA. This discrepancy puts South Carolina students at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to earning scholarships or getting accepted into colleges.” Spearman says most colleges and universities also use the 10-point scale.
Across the board, educators, administrators and guidance counselors in District 7 are equally supportive of the change. Deputy Superintendent for Instruction, Dr. Terry Pruitt said, “The rigor of instruction in the District will continue to be based on the college and career-ready standards used to prepare our graduates for success beyond high school. Our educators will continue to have the freedom to adjust assessments to maintain rigor and the highest levels of mastery.” The new policy will also be beneficial to students in military families who tend to move frequently from state to state.