The idea of shifting from a seven-point grading system to a 10-point grading system within the next school year is a topic that has come into discussion in South Carolina schools.

 

The idea of shifting from a seven-point grading system to a 10-point grading system within the next school year is a topic that has come into discussion in South Carolina schools.

“I think that because it’s a larger range or higher grades that it will help their [underclassmen] future GPA,” junior Melissa Fitzpatrick said.

How exactly the grade change will affect overall grades for underclassmen and rising seniors is a concern, as it could either make or break the ability to get into college.

“I transferred from Florida and a 91 was an A-grade there, so when I came here my GPA dropped a little and that grade became a B-average,” senior Austin Higy said.

The possibility of GPAs being either raised or, as Austin said, lowered is yet another concern for college-bound students.

“For the current juniors, if our previous grades stay on the seven-point system, our GPA will remain the same and we only have this next year with the new system,” Melissa said.

With a larger grading scale, the idea of underclassmen not working hard to earn good grades because it may be easier for them to pass their classes.

“[For underclassmen, a con would be] Probably just adjusting. They may even decide to slack off with those three extra points,” Melissa said.

A con that this new system could provide would be how seniors will not be able to use this scale to their advantage.

“Seniors don’t get that grading scale, so we don’t get the chance to increase our GPA like the underclassmen do,” Austin said.

However, the pros for this new grading scale outweigh the cons in that more students will benefit with this change and changing to the 10-point scale will cause South Carolina to catch up with its neighboring states.

“I feel it’s an improvement. It makes getting higher grades that much easier,” Melissa said.

Making the switch to a larger grading scale is a big deal and is important to high schoolers who really care about their grade and are now looking forward to an easier way to improve their GPAs.

“They [students] need this grading scale. It’s easier to calculate your grade and improve your overall grade,” Austin said. “It’s also easier to understand the scale and there’s a better graduation percentage from schools with a 10-point grade scale.”

Story by Haley Dixon, Trey Rice, and Abby Beauregard