Is a corrected grading scale the way to go?

It’s just two points… or is it?

There are some changes this year at GHS, and one that affects everyone is the new grading scale. Previously to earn an A, students would have to aim for 95 percent or higher, but now they only need at least 93 percent.

For me, this is a welcome change. With the old scale, I thought it was unfair that students only had a 5 percent window for achieving an A, while the other grade levels allowed 7 percent. The difference between a student who scores 94 percent and one who scores 95 percent is so miniscule that it should not matter. In fact, according to Guidance Director Bill Ronk, some GHS teachers made their own modifications to the old scale. This is one of the reasons department chairs decided to make the scale completely uniform.

So many students are concerned with perfecting their grades down to the decimal point. I for one am definitely guilty of that. However, this is not a healthy practice. I think that students should concentrate more on living their lives and being content than worrying about their 92.7 percent in chemistry. As countless studies have shown, being consistently stressed is obviously not good for anyone’s body. I think these changes to the grading scale, though miniscule, may end up making a big difference in the lives of GHS students.

We have all heard the old saying “high school is the best four years of your life.” I think this is a nice thought, and I definitely want it to be true. Nonetheless, I find it absurd that we as students have to earn an almost perfect score in all of our classes to get all A’s when we are attending hours of extracurriculars a day, whether that is in band, football or robotics. Our culture of expecting perfection should end. Students should not be staying up until the early morning to finish their homework because they need 95 percent to get an A on their papers.

I am excited that we are finally changing the scale because I think administrators are beginning to realize that students are participating in extracurriculars now more than ever, and expecting absolute perfection is irrational. With this new scale, students can relax a bit more and focus on truly enjoying what is supposed to be the best four years of their lives.

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