By Kelly Heilman
The way grade point average is calculated may be changing. The newly formed assessment committee is now discussing ways that the school can take another look at the fairness and validity of the grading system.
“Right now, we are in the fact finding stage,” said guidance counselor Mrs. Pam Scott, who is a member of the assessment committee.
The assessment committee is made up of teachers, administrators and students who showed interest in improving the way our grading is done. Students were able to apply for a position on the committee in the beginning of the year.
As of now we use the letter grade system for our final grades. This meaning, A’s, B’s, C’s, D’s and E’s. Some schools use percentage grades for final grades. “There is a big difference between a 91 and a 98 percent,” Mrs. Scott said.
Another topic the committee is addressing is how grade point average is determined.
“We are thinking about what works and what does not work,” Mrs. Scott said.
There is now an online survey for students in which the committee can receive feedback from the student body about what we wish to see changed in the way we grade and calculate grade point average.