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Statewide 10-Point Grading Scale

Statewide 10-Point Grading Scale and New Standards for Quality Points

The State Board of Education has approved a standard 10-point grading scale for all high school students beginning with the 2015-16 school year. This move is in response to requests from parents, students, and local superintendents across the state. Those advocating for the change noted that the change will help students who transfer between districts and will put North Carolina students in a more competitive position as they apply for admission to out-of-state colleges and universities. This is a change from the current 7-point grading scale.

New standards for quality points take effect statewide for 9th graders in the 2015-16 school year. The new quality points standards will provide an additional 0.5 quality point to Honors courses and 1 quality point to Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, community college courses, or four-year university or college courses taken in high school. This change does not affect students who will be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in 2015-16. This is a change from the current scale of 1 quality point for Honors courses and 2 quality points for AP/IB courses.  

 

For more information on these changes, please refer to the letter from State Superintendent June Atkinson or contact a school counselor.