Story by Sam Aaron, Hannah Wright and Chyna Wallace

 

As the summer of 2016 concludes a new school year begins, changes are bound to take place.  The grading scale Dutch Fork has used since its creation has adapted into the ten point grading scale.  With the previous seven point grading scale a 92 was a “B”, whereas with the ten point scale it will be an “A”.

“I’m going to be a little more strict with what I grade because you have a much bigger chance to do better and to be successful,” English teacher Megan Estes said.  

Prior to the change, South Carolina was using the seven point scale while Georgia and North Carolina used the ten point, giving them higher grade point averages, and a better chance of receiving scholarships and getting accepted into universities.  

“I enjoy it more because there’s a larger margin of error and still receive an A,” junior Kiersten Potts said.  

The grading scale will hopefully motivate students to work harder and make higher test scores.  

“Well, I always hope they work harder no matter what, but I think that you’ll have some who will maybe take advantage of it and slack off a little bit. Hopefully they’ll take advantage of it and see this as a good thing,” Estes said.

Changing to the ten point scale is a decision based off of the surrounding states (Georgia and North Carolina) as well as the universities in the area using the same scale. That being said, students have more room to make mistakes.

“The reason for the change is for South Carolina students are gonna be more in alliance with other states,” English teacher Jessica Thur said.

“I think they are reacting well. I teach mostly ninth graders and I’ve talked to each one in each class and explained the grading scale to them because some of them haven’t heard about it and they were very excited,” Says Estes said.

With the grading scale changes it will make grading slightly easier on students.  

“Some students may take it as a way to slack off, while some students will continue to work no matter the grading scale,” Assistant Principal of Instruction Tamara Turner said, “It does make it easier for them to receive an A.”