Earlier in the year, the Board approved having weighted grades in certain high school classes beginning next year. The committee that recommended this change also recommended eliminating class rank, valedictorian, and salutatorian beginning with this years sophomore class, but creating distinguished graduates based on multiple factors, not simply grade point average. The Board also approved this, with the criteria for distinguished graduates being developed by the fall.
Finally, the committee studied our grading scale. The present system went into effect in 1997 and aligned with many university scales. However, scales have changed since then. For example, one of our high school students can take a dual college/high school credit course, get a numerical grade of 92% and receive an A- from the college and a B+ from Westfield High School. This places our students at a disadvantage because it makes the high school transcript appear weaker, and certainly is inconsistent. So, after thorough study, the committee is recommending the scale be changed to 90-100 = A; 80-89 = B; 70-79 = C; and 65-69 = D, bringing our scale in line with colleges and universities.
Next: The end of the legislative session and the impact on Westfield Washington Schools.