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We are recommending a 4-3-2-1 grading scale for grades k-12. Of
course, our Board, as well as many members of our school and local
community are concerned about the translation to a transcript. When we
contacted 26 colleges and universities they kindly shared their
viewpoints on the topic and as you can imagine, they are mixed. From,
totally understanding the reasoning for transitioning to standards
based to worry about a students scholarship opportunities. How would
you recommend translating a 4-3-2-1 scale to grade point averages, if
at all, as the main concern is scholarship opportunities aligned to a
grade point average (that was typically built on an A-F scale.

2013-04-05
MNS G4L
 

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Grade
Doctor
says:

It seems to me that if you have to do gpa the 4-3-2-1 scale is perfectly aligned as it is a 4
level scale. What you need to make clear to colleges is that a 4 may be different from an A
because it is just a measure of academic achievement not the hodgepodge of factors that
have traditionally been included in letter grades. Also I think you should tell colleges that if
a student improves their gpa significantly from year to year the earlier years will be
dropped from determination of the final gpa. How a student performed as a freshman is
irrelevant when they are a senior.

 

 

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