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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 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 , 7630 S. 10th St.

OC teach September 09, 2012 at 12:06 AM
The grading scale was brought forward by the administration including Dr. Burmeister. As a teacher, I will tell you the District administrators have been working on this for months and all the teachers have been trained during inservice for the school year. She even discussed with praise the new grading scale in her first day talk to all of the teachers. It is a little late to get approval now from the school board. Of course, they are her bobble heads and will do what she tells them to do. Keep calling her so she has to comment. All of us in the school district know she is for it.
Michelle Zakula September 10, 2012 at 02:41 AM
I am disgusted that the students who already try as hard as they can get punished and yet the district will reflect less "failures" because those students now get even a few more excuses (points) to "pass". Let's reward the bottom, fantastic thought process. As a former teacher and a mother who works very hard to have a partnership with my children's teachers so that they are SUCCESSFUL it sickens me that I have to now explain that your "A; has changed and isn't good enough any more. This issue, along with the lunch menu changes are my FIRST complaints in 10 years in the OC school district...and I won't be quiet about it!
Mjukaw September 11, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Attended the school board meeting tonight. Burmiester sat not saying a word. Questions: Why are we seeing this grading scale now? What does our bonus paid superintendent have to say after saying to teachers this year how good the scale is? As a teacher, I know the administrators all backed this. Now they are silent. Zakula, you need to get loud - our public schools are a mess under this group.
Michelle Zakula September 11, 2012 at 03:14 AM
I was told (by Burmeister herself) via an email that the scale was changed and that a 95 would still reflect an A, not A-. I could not be at the meeting as I had the first night of faith formation for my kids/family, but I wrote an open letter to the board and it was obviously forwarded to her. How many parents were there and what more can I do? you can message me on FB as well if you'd like for privacy...

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