Changes Come to Dothan City Schools Grading System

By: Rayne McKenzie
By: Rayne McKenzie

Dothan city school officials are changing the high school grading scale for both Dothan and Northview High School.

Now the school will be on a 10-point grading system. Previously students had to earn, 93 to 100 to receive an A, now anything from a 90 to 100 will be sufficient.

Changes are coming to Dothan high schools grading scale, but not everyone is buying into the idea that it benefits students.

Dr. Steve Stokes, Dothan City School Board Chairman, said, "This isn't improving the rigor and I think overall that needs to be strengthened in Dothan City Schools."

Many parents were in favor of the move because they say it will allow their children to be more competitive for scholarships against students already on the 10-point grading scale.

Dr. Stokes said, "It's not if you look at the scholarships now, they are based on ACT scores. GPA has very little to do with it."

Dr. Stokes sits on the board at the University of South Alabama and says he has seen first hand the shift from considering students GPA's to weighing ACT scores more heavily when it comes to scholarship consideration.

"If you look at our high school grads going to college, about 30 percent have to take remedial work to bring them up to college level performance," said Dr. Stokes.

There is an upside to changing the grading scale.

Dr. Stokes said, "That brings us in line with some of the surrounding high schools and make our GPAs more comparable with other schools."

Both high schools should also have more honor grads this year as it should be easier now to make those A's and Bb's.

The new 10-point grading scale will be implemented this school year at both Dothan and Northview High School.

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