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City schools to consider shift to 10-point grading scale

At tonight’s Fredericskburg School Board meeting, Deputy Superintendent Marci Catlett and Harry Thomas, Director of Instruction, will make a presentation on the 10-point-grading scale.

Under a 10-point grading scale, 90-100 would be an A, 80-89 would be a B, and so on.

With the current system, 94 and up is an A (100-99 = A+, 95-98= A, 94= A-), 87 and up is a B (B+ = 93, B = 92-88, B- = 87) and so on.

Here’s what the agenda item says:

In response to a request from the School Board at the December 2012 meeting, Mrs.Catlett and Mr. Thomas will present research findings on the viability of a ten-point grading scale here in Fredericksburg City Public Schools. The presentation will include background information on ten-point grading scales; school divisions across the state and within our region who have adopted a ten-point grading scale; anecdotal discoveries from surveyed school divisions who currently operate under a ten-point grading scale; and a series of recommendations regarding implementation of the grading format here at Fredericksburg City Public Schools.

Spotyslvania, Caroline, King George and Stafford school districts already use a 10-point scale.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be in the lecture hall of James Monroe High School at 2300 Washington Ave.

Before the meeting, the School Board will have a work session at 4:30 to discuss the budget for next year.