Moving to a 10-point grading scale in Newport News, as proposed at last night's board meeting, would allow students to earn a "D" and pass a class with a 60 percent.
Currently, students must earn at least 65 percent in a class to pass it. Board member Bill Collins said he's uncomfortable dropping the minimum passing grade from 65 to 60.
"It's hard for me to think of a 60 percent as a passing grade," he said. "(The change) is not a problem with higher-level grades, but 60 percent for passing; it's difficult to accept."
The proposed 10-point scale aligns with a local, state and national trend toward making the lowest "A" a 90 percent, the lowest "B" an 80 percent, and so on.
Regionally, these districts have already adopted a 10-point scale: Chesapeake, Gloucester, Hampton (takes effect in Fall 2012), Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Poquoson, Suffolk, Surry, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg-James City County.
Here's a look at the proposed change to Newport News' grading scale, which is used in grades 3-12 and affects the GPA of high-school students.
A: 92 - 100
B: 83 - 91
C: 74 - 82
D: 65 - 73
F: Below 65
A: 90 - 100
B: 80 - 89
C: 70 - 79
D: 60 - 69
F: Below 60
What do you think of the proposed change? Should the Newport News School Board approve the proposal and match other local districts? Or should it keep the scale as is, which requires students to earn higher grades for the same GPA as peers in other districts?