House Bill 145 was filed on Feb. 21, and suggests changing the scale from a 10-point system to a 15-point system. The bill passed its first reading on Monday, and would only affect school evaluation scores and not student grades.
The 15-point scale would allow an 85 to be an A instead of a B, a 70 to be a B instead of a C, and so on. The grades would be used to determine the school’s comprehensive performance score. Here's how they would shake out:
A: 85-100 percent
B: 70-84 percent
C: 55-69 percent
D: 40-54 percent
F: 39 percent and lower
The North Carolina Board of Education changed the grading scale from a 7-point system to a 10-point system in 2015. The new scale helped balance the playing field for in-state students vying for scholarships and college admittance against students from states with a 10-point system. The new bill won’t impact the 2015 bill. While the proposed bill is new, if it does pass, it’ll be enforced during the 2019-20 school year.
The 12 House members who sponsored the bill are Democrats, with a majority of them from the Charlotte area. Wake County’s Rep. Rosa U. Gill and Durham County’s Rep. Zack Hawkins are the bill’s two local sponsors.