Aiken County Schools moving to 10-point grading scale

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AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – Report cards for all Kindergarten through 8th graders in Aiken County are about to look very different.

On Tuesday night, Aiken County school administrators approved a new 10-point grading scale for all elementary and middle school students.

All high Schools in the district started the school year on the new scale.

Superintendent Dr. Sean Alford says the district’s move to a uniform grading scale makes it consistent across the board.

Second year senior Cameron Chriswell knows all too well how many hoops he has to jump through to pass his classes. The North Augusta high school student says he’s stuck making up some courses to get his diploma, some that he says he could have passed if the 10-point scale had been in effect before the 2016-2017 school year.

“I mean we’ve all had the same opportunities to make good and bad grades,” Chriswell told WJBF NewsChannel 6. “I guess, for some people it would have been easier. Especially like me I don’t like to study.”

Chriswell says expanding the grading scale gives students with other commitments, such as sports or a job, a higher chance of passing.

“A lot of times when you are busy with other things you can’t really stay on top of your grades as much. So, I feel like it’s going to be much easier for people to graduate and get better grades.” Chriswell said.

While high schools in Aiken County started the year on the 10-point system, it’s a whole new ball game for parents and grandparents of elementary school kids.

Terri Syms said her grandson Bryce hasn’t started school yet, but she says the new grading scale sounds fair.

“I think 90 and above is a great score. I always taught my children to do their best and they did,” Syms said. “I’m hoping he will do the same, but each child has to learn on their own level.”This is a breakdown of the new 10-point scale:

  • 90 to 100 is an A
  • 80 to 89 is a B
  • 70 to 79 is a C
  • 60 to 69 is a D
  • Anything 59 and lower is failing.

Still one grandmother feels a passing grade should be lower than a 70.

“I think it should go back to 65 personally,” Syms said. “That’s two-thirds of getting something, versus being in the top third.”

The new 10-point grading scale is great news for high school seniors because now their high school transcripts will be consistent with the grading scales used by most universities.

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