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MCPS Secondary Grading Scale. 10-Point Grading Scale. 7-Point Grading Scale. Proposed 10-Point Grading Scale. Research Timeline. Researched every school division in Virginia to gather information on their grading scales (Websites, Program of Studies, and Guidance Offices)

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Mcps secondary grading scale

MCPS Secondary Grading Scale

10-Point Grading Scale




Research timeline
Research Timeline

  • Researched every school division in Virginia to gather information on their grading scales (Websites, Program of Studies, and Guidance Offices)

  • Contacted local colleges and universities for admission information

  • Investigated scholarship opportunities where GPA is a factor

  • Surveyed teachers to determine the possible impact on instruction

  • Surveyed parents to determine their perceptions and opinions regarding the possible impact on instruction

  • Compared the current grading scale vs. proposed grading scale

  • Evaluated the possible Benefits and Concerns


State grading scale percentages
State Grading Scale Percentages

5-point, 6-point, 7-point, 8-point, 9-point and 10-point scales


What colleges say
What Colleges Say?

  • Longwood University, Lynchburg College, Liberty University and University of Virginia were contacted.

  • GPA is only one factor that is considered.

  • The admissions office will review the grading scale listed on the transcript and make determinations from that information.

  • Biggest factors are GPA, SAT/ACT Score and Involvement (School and Community)


Scholarship opportunities
Scholarship Opportunities

  • SVRTC STEM Essay (2.0)

  • Willard G. Plentl Aviation (3.5)

  • Virginia Airport Operators Council (3.75)

  • Lake Country Soil & Water Conservation District (3.0)

  • Mid-Atlantic Broadband (3.2)

  • Delegate Tommy Wright Legislative Scholarship (3.0)



Possible benefits
Possible Benefits

  • Increased scholarship opportunities (Statewide and Regional)

  • Most colleges and universities are on a 10-point grading scale

  • May level the playing field for some students

  • May increase student motivation and achievement


Concerns and questions
Concerns and Questions

  • If we are looking to increase Rigor, won’t the 10-point scale hurt our students?

    • Rigor is not tied to a grading scale. Rigor involves providing explicit instruction that enables students to think critically, analyze information and apply their learning into a series of final products. Rigor is increased through our (educators) continuous quest to engage students and encourage higher-level thinking and learning. Through our use of personalized learning communities and project based learning initiatives, we are striving to increase rigor in the classroom.

  • Students will only need to show up to school to earn an A. Does increasing the window in the grading standard decrease student’s efforts?

    • No, we have high expectations for all of our students. We expect them to strive to do their absolute best everyday regardless of grading scale.


Example john smith
Example: John Smith

Mecklenburg County Public Schools

Lynchburg City

Public Schools



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