School Board Will Discuss Changes to Grading Scales
Proposed change would make it tougher to get an A at Oak Creek High School and the district's two middle schools, while relaxing the percentages needed to pass.
The Oak Creek-Franklin School Board on Monday will discuss proposed changes to the middle and high school grading scales.
Under the proposal, 96 to 100 percent would be an A, and 93 to 95 percent an A-. Last year, 95 percent was an A.
On the bottom of the scale, 66 to 68 percent would be a D- (passing), as opposed to 70 to 71 percent.
Officials say they want to make the grading scales at Oak Creek High School and the district's two middle schools consistent. According to minutes from an Aug. 20 school board committee meeting, a committee of teachers and principals worked for more than a year on the proposed grading scale, which "represents a compromise" betwen the middle and high school scales.
But some parents worry that raising the percentage necessary to get an A could put Oak Creek students at a disadvantage when trying to get into college. In Oak Creek, an A- is worth 3.67 points on the 4-point grade-point average scale, whereas an A and A+ are 4 points.
Superintendent Sara Burmeister could not be reached for comment.
The board meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the district offices, 7630 S. 10th St.