Laurel schools move to 10-point grading scale

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LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Laurel Public School district decided Tuesday to join 80 other districts in the state by adopting a 10-point grading scale.

It is a scale Superintendent Glen Magee says will help students greatly.

"It will level the playing field with other schools and other states, and give our students the opportunity to be competitive at the college level in terms of getting scholarships," said Magee

Magee says the change in the grading scale will not have an affect on what students are learning in the classroom.

"Our students still have to met the standards that are set back the State Department of Education and those standards that are considered national standards that are set by No Child Left Behind," said Magee. "So, students will still be required to meet those standards in order to pass course and to graduate from high school."

The new scale is as follows:

  • 90-100 - A
  • 80-89 - B
  • 70 to 79 - C
  • 65 to 69 - D
  • anything below will be an F

Laurel Testing Coordinator, Jeff Davis says changing the grade scale will improve the future of tomorrow high school graduates.

Davis said "I believe you are going to have kids in college, a lot more scholarships and I think anytime you can do that for kids and families I think that's a good thing."