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Hi Mr. O'Connor,
My son who is a high school senior, attends Jones college Prep, one of Chicago's selective
enrollment schools. The school changed their grading policy this year to the standard ten
point scale from the past three years of A=92, B=83, C=74, D=65. The new A=90, etc. is
what will appear on the school profile that will accompany his college apps. The recalculation
of his grade to his graduating grading scale would open the door for many more scholarship
opportunities. Do I have grounds to ask Chicago Public Schools to recalculate his grades
based on the current scale the colleges will see on his records?

2013-09-13
Harriette
 

The
Grade
Doctor
says:

It would seem reasonable to me to apply the new grading scale retroactively but it
demonstrates the folly of grading scales based on percentages. Can anyone in any meaningful
way tell the difference between 90 and 92%? Whether you have grounds depends on
school/district policy.

 

Harriette's
Comment

2013-09-13

Thank you Doc for your speedy response! I will keep you abreast of the outcome.


The Grade Doctor's
Comment

2013-09-13

OK, I will be interested to hear.

 

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