AUGUSTA COUNTY -- An administrator says a new grading scale in Augusta County could make children more competitive when they apply to college.
Starting this fall, Augusta County Schools will use a 10-point grading scale.
John Matherly, Augusta County's director of instruction, says the new scale will provide consistency and help students stay competitive when applying for college and scholarships. Matherly says they are not "dumbing down" anything, but that he expects teachers to adjust to the new scale.
"We're still going to ask our students to perform at a high level and ask them to live up to our rigorous expectations," Matherly said. "We're just changing the grading scale because that allows us to be more consistent internally, and to compete on equal footing with other divisions around the state."
Matherly said rigor comes from the classroom, not the grading scale. Previously, the school system mostly used a seven-point scale.
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