Mt. Vernon Register-News


May 21, 2014

MVTHS tables scale change


“That doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense,” Pipher said. “It matches our grade scale up to Rend Lake, who we’re doing dual credit through, so that’s a big component too.”

Another factor for school board members seeking to table the measure was a need for more information. Specifically, they wanted to know what other school districts across the state are doing in terms of grading.

Since the beginning of the year, MVTHS faculty have been investigating the grading scale issue. As part of this, a survey was conducted of 19 area schools in Southern Illinois and the Metro East area.

The survey found that about 70 percent of the schools in question have the traditional grade scale, Olson said.

However, school board members asked Olson to broaden the scope of the survey to find out what schools are doing in places like Champaign, Bloomington, Quincy, Chicago and elsewhere.

“I know you’ve made the comparison certainly to Southern Illinois and our area, (but) how is this nationwide?” said school board member Norma Fairchild.

The current MVTHS grade scale is: A = 92-100, B = 83-91, C = 74-82, D = 65-73, and E = 64 and below.

The traditional scale is: A = 90-100, B = 80-89, C = 70-79, D = 60-69, and E = 59 and below.

No action was taken Monday on the grading scale proposal. Olson said the issue will likely come up again at next month’s board meeting.

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