Students in the Manchester Local Schools will see a change from the current seven point grading scale to a ten point grading scale, effective with the 2016-2017 school year, to offer a more level playing field for all students, according to Rachel Schutte, district curriculum director.
At the May 17 Manchester Local School Board meeting, the board unanimously approved the change.
"With the seven-point scale, a 93-100 is an A, 85 -92 is a B, 77-84 is a C," Schutte said. "We currently don't have plus and minus built into our grades."
The district and teachers started looking into a change in the grading scale last May.
"We would like the outstanding students of Manchester to be on a "level playing field," as far as college acceptance and scholarships, Schutte said.
Currently, students who receive a 92 percent in a class at Manchester would earn a "B" for their GPA, while students at most school districts in the area would earn the GPA points for an "A," Schutte explained.
Schutte said that research the district conducted found that many schools have gone to the college 10 point grading scale.
"This would be a way to better support our students’ transition to post-secondary institutions, " she said.
Manchester Local teachers believe that being able to differentiate student achievement is important.
"With plus and minus components to a 10 point grading scale, student work that earns them a 99 percent will be acknowledged," Schutte said. "Currently, there is no way for differentiation for students who earn a 93 percent from a 99 percent."
In other business, the school board:
n Approved 27 annual supplemental appointments, including paid and volunteer, as recommended by the middle school and high school athletic directors.
n Current Issues and Global Issues Teacher and Senior Class Advisor Michael Ankrom resigned as varsity golf coach to devote more time to the classroom. Shawn Zevodney was hired as varsity golf coach to replace Ankrom.
n Board President Richard Sponseller pointed out that many of the athletic supplemental positions are held by past Manchester graduates who give back to the schools. " It is a Manchester tradition," he added.