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Fredericksburg schools consider shift to 10-point grading scale

Date published: 1/17/2013


A common concern with switching to a new grading scale is the impact it will have on a student's transcripts when he or she applies to college. Parents and students shouldn't worry too much about that, said Marty Wilder, chief of staff at the University of Mary Washington and a former dean of enrollment and student services.

"From the many years I spent in admissions, in terms of how we review applications here at Mary Washington, we always looked at each student in context of his or her high school," Wilder said.

He said that the grading scale used is taken into account, but it's not as big a deal as some people may think.

"I think regardless of what the grading scale is, students from JM are going to be well-regarded in the applicant pool of colleges and universities throughout the state and beyond the state," Wilder said.

John B. Gordon III, the principal of James Monroe High School, asked the board to make a decision by Feb. 15 so that if the new scale is selected, it can be implemented in time for next school year.

The School Board's next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 4, when a vote is expected.

Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413
Email: rsidersky@freelancestar.com

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