By: Cassie Thomas
We all were used to that scale, but that changed with the 2016-17 school year. The new grade scale is now the 10 point scale. An A is a 90-100, B is 80- 89, C is 70-79, D is 60-69, and an F is 59 and below. This dramatic change had created some confusion and relief among students. Most were surprised with the change, but a lot of students were willing to give it their best shot.
The new grade scale should make students’ grades look better with this new scale as it mirrors that of most colleges, which for the majority of the student body, is a positive thing. The other change to the grading system concerns the end of quarter. In the past, any grade at the end of the quarter, if below a 50% rounds up to that, a 50%. Now, a quarter grade will still round up to a 50%, but not for quarters three and four. This rule was originally designed to help students who struggled the first two quarters by allowing them a chance to make up for lost grades in another quarter, but now, a struggling student still has the chance, but needs to make sure he or she is working as hard as possible for the last two quarters of the school year.
The last major change to grading this year concerns the transition from quarterly exams to midterms and finals. For more than five years, students have taken an exam like test at the end of every quarter, now DHS has transitioned back to semester exams. This is once again to mirror college requirements where semester exams are the norm. History teacher Mr. Leighty approves of the change, “In an age where students are to be college and career ready, semester exams provide that readiness. Colleges use them, therefore we should prepare our students for such an experience.”
Overall these changes to the grading system are a big change, but will definitely prepare students more for the college expectations and experiences.