South Carolina high school students excited for grading scale change

High school students said they were excited for the grade scale change because they believe it would help them get in to better colleges. (Summer Dashe/WPDE)

High school students across South Carolina were celebrating Wednesday because getting a higher grade will be just a little bit easier next school year.

For the 2016-2017 school year a 10 point grading scale will be implemented across the state. Currently, the grading system is based on a seven point scale.

Under the current state-wide standards, a 93-100 is an A; 85-92 is a B; 77-84 is a C; 70-76 is a D; and 69 and below is an F.

Under the new 10-point scale a 90-100 is an A; 80-89 is a B; 70-79 is a C; 60-69 is a D; and 59 and below is an F.

At the Horry County Schools Technology Fair if there was one thing high schoolers were ready for, it was the new grading system.

"In English Three this year, the first nine weeks, I had like a, I think it was a 92," Chris Williams, a sophomore at Loris High School, said.

A 92 is currently considered a B on the grading scale, but this time next year, Williams would have gotten an A in English Three.

"It'll help me in Spanish," Nick Olasheniford, also a sophomore at Loris High School, explained. "Because I won't have an F in Spanish."

Grades for past years won't be changes, so seniors like Max Hickman are out of luck.

"I believe I would have gotten into more colleges," he said.

That's the main goal of the new system according to Myrtle Beach High School principal John Washburn, who is on the committee making these changes at the state level.

"All of the states that surround us are already on a 10 point scale," Washburn explained. "That is the way the the majority of colleges and universities work, is through a 10 point conversion process, as well. So, this is going to be a very big benefit for all of our students."

The new scale has passed, but details are limited. Washburn said that committee is expected to meet again sometime over the next few weeks.

The committee is expected to discuss how the new system will be rolled out, because it will be quite a big undertaking for teachers across South Carolina.

"They see the advantages of basically allowing our students to be more on a level playing field with students coming in from other states, so I think that's going to be a very positive thing from all of our teachers and, again, it's going to be a very positive thing for all of our students," Washburn said.

Even for those straight A students, fair competition is welcome. Just ask Elizabeth Scalf, the only girl on the Rubics Cube Team from her school.

"I think also it would like kind of boost people up like, 'Oh, I get an A now, even though it's lower,' but having an A makes people feel better," Scalf explained.

The next meeting for that committee at the state level is expected to happen at the end of April or beginning of May. Washburn said teachers and parents can expect to receive more formal information after that.

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