Moving to a 10-point grading scale in
Currently, students must earn at least 65 percent in a class to pass it. Board member Bill Collins said he's uncomfortable dropping the minimum passing grade from 65 to 60.
"It's hard for me to think of a 60 percent as a passing grade," he said. "(The change) is not a problem with higher-level grades, but 60 percent for passing; it's difficult to accept."
The proposed 10-point scale aligns with a local, state and national trend toward making the lowest "A" a 90 percent, the lowest "B" an 80 percent, and so on.
Regionally, these districts have already adopted a 10-point scale:
Here's a look at the proposed change to Newport News' grading scale, which is used in grades 3-12 and affects the GPA of high-school students.
A: 92 - 100
B: 83 - 91
C: 74 - 82
D: 65 - 73
F: Below 65
A: 90 - 100
B: 80 - 89
C: 70 - 79
D: 60 - 69
F: Below 60