Senior has mixed feelings about 10-point grading scale

Rachel Lyon, co-editor in chief

I was anticipating the college applications, the SAT and the cap and gown forms, but one thing I wasn’t expecting for senior year was a change in the grading scale.

Last fall, the State Board of Education made the decision to implement a ten-point grading scale within North Carolina schools.

In previous years, I had always complained about not having this scale put into place. However, now that it’s a reality, I find myself not all that excited about it.

Being that I am a senior, I’ve had the seven-point scale ever since the beginning of middle school in sixth grade. It’s what I’m used to. Now, having a score of 90 classified as an A makes me feel as though I’m cheating myself.

That being said, I understand why the decision was made. It only makes it fair for us students to be equally judged before college admissions offices. It just so happens that I only get this advantage for one year.

Although that can be aggravating, it was inevitable for a select graduating class.

In addition, it’s only right that the scale was to be applied to not only the freshmen class, but to all high school students. I am enrolled in a class in which there is at least one freshman. For me not to receive the same letter grade for the same numeric score as that freshman would be unjust.

Furthermore, I understand the additional decision to not apply the change retroactively to grades of previous years. Although some would beg to disagree, it is reasonable to keep these grades unaltered. What you earn is what you earn.

Besides, students have been informed that college admissions offices will be notified of the use of the seven-point scale in year past.