Grading scale under the microscope
Lois Rapp, superintendent of curriculum at South-Western City Schools, said the grading committee is reviewing the grade system in the district.
They are examining the F.
“We want to show if the student is learning and the F doesn’t always reflect learning,” said Rapp.
In the district a 59 percent is an F. If a student receives six C-, one F and one D, the student would average an F grade. If a student gets seven Ds and one F, the student would get a final grade of F.
The committee is reviewing a new scale based on a point system, similar to what Teays Valley uses.
This system averages only equal increment grades. A 59 percent is an F grade, but all the other grades (A-D) are on equal increments.
Rapp said the teachers were not asked to change their grading practices and board policy was not affected.
Board member Jo Ellen Myers said she had heard complaints from several teachers.
According to Myers, they were concerned about the lack of communication on the subject.
Rapp said the committee has asked for feedback from the staff.
Superintendent Dr. Bill Wise said, “It’s a bigger conversation than we thought. There was a problem with communication and it created more issues. But the focus is to capture the rigor we expect from our students.”
Board President Randy Reisling said there would be more communication with the teachers and parents.