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Trimble School Board considers change to district grading scale
, Courier Staff Writer
Thursday, October 17, 2013 11:00 AM
The "D" may return to the grading scale next year if Trimble County school board members find the letter grade could help student achievement and morale.
School board member Tony Walker asked that the district look into bringing the letter grade back into the district during a meeting Wednesday.
A few years ago, the school district removed the "D" letter grade in the scale to more accurately reflect college grading scales, but some school board members believe the "D" provides an extra incentive for student achievement.
"I think a 'D' helps," school board member Kim Temple said.
Rebecca Moore, the district's instructional supervisor, said the school grade scale has changed several times over the years.
The district currently works with a 10-point grading scale with an "A" represented by a 90 percent or higher. A "B" is 80 percent to 89 percent, and a "C" is from 70 percent to 79 percent. The district decided that anything below the 70 percentile shouldn't be considered a passing grade and is considered an "F."
Trimble County High School Principal Rachael Adams said she had never been in a school district without a "D" letter grade before coming to Trimble County, but she doesn't recommend changing the grading scale without some research and looking into the grading scales of surrounding school districts.
Yet including the "D" into the grade averages could cut the high school failure rate in half, she said.
Adams noted the high school has begun several interventions for students, including meeting one-on-one with students and sending home letters when students are failing more than one class.
"We've put in a lot of support that wasn't there before," Adams said, but she knows a change in the grading scale won't encourage every student to succeed. "You're always going to have those kids that are going to fail."
School board members agreed to look into research on the issue and take a look at grading scales at other surrounding schools. No decision would be made until the school year ends.
In other business:
The district's elementary schools have several upcoming events within the next two months.
Bedford Elementary School will host Trunk or Treat from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday. Students will take part in Red Ribbon Week, the week of Oct. 28. The school will also host its annual Fall Festival on Nov. 2.
Milton Elementary School will host the annual school fish fry fundraiser on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. Tickets will be on sale at the school office until 3 p.m. on Friday. Fish dinners will be served from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. with games from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and a student art auction at 6:30 p.m. A donation and classroom basket auctions will begin at 6:45 p.m.
Milton Elementary will also host a Trunk or Treat from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 28.
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