Green Bay Schools Consider a New Grading System - WBAY

Green Bay Schools Consider a New Grading System


A new grading system for the Green Bay School District is proposed Monday night that some say will level the playing field for students in the district.

In Green Bay School District's current grading system:

93% - 100% = A 

83% - 92% = B

There is no middle ground. It's a system some parents, students and teachers say needs to change.

At Monday's board of education meeting, a task force proposed a new grading system because they feel the existing one puts Green Bay students at a disadvantage

"In our district right now a 92% is a 'B' and an 84% is a 'C'. That's a middle 'B' in most of the surrounding districts," says Jason Baudhuin a teacher at Preble High School.

"It is somewhat unforgiving because if you do get a 92% you do drop a full grade point," says Grace Adler a parent of 2 kids in the district. 

"The difference between getting into the college of your choice could be between getting an A or B," says  Mitch Mcmahon, a senior at Green Bay Southwest High School.

The new grading system proposed would incorporate pluses and minuses, which the task force says will help level the playing field with other districts in the area like De Pere and Howard Suamico.

Though a weighted system that rewards students for taking A.P. classes is not being recommended, the task force believes adding plusses and minuses to the scale will remove some of the risk for students considering a more rigorous class.

"I think it's a great way to encourage students to take more AP level classes." says Mcmahon adding, "so now if you take it, take the AP class, you could possibly get a 3.98 or something of that effect rather than dropping a whole point."

Here's what that new proposed system looks like:

93% - 100% = A

90% - 92% = A-

87% - 89% = B+

83% - 86% = B

And so forth ...

The school board will vote next Monday on this grading system. If approved, it could go into effect this upcoming school year.

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