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Green Bay Area School District changes grading scale

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GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay Area Public School District will have a new grading scale in place for this fall.

That's after the school board unanimously approved the changes Monday night.

“I’m pleased with the board’s decision to pass this motion. I think the parents of the Green Bay area public school students as well as the students themselves are going to be thrilled,” Jerrod Valley, a science teacher at Preble High School, told FOX 11.

Valley was a member of the task force to create the new system.

The previous grading scale looked like this:

A: 93-100B: 86-92C: 77-85D: 70-76F: 69 or lower.

This is what the new scale will look like:A: 93-100A-: 92-90B+: 89-87B: 86-83B-: 82-80C+: 79-77C: 76-73C-:72-70D+: 69-67D: 66-63D-: 62-60F: 59 or lower.

93 and above was an A. There were no plusses or minuses. Under the new system, teachers say they will have more flexibility.

Students receiving a 92 will now be able to earn an A-minus instead of a B, which educators say more accurately reflects student performance.

“It’s difficult for a student that’s on the border. A student that’s at 92.4 % you don’t want to hurt their grade point average. You want them to be able to compete with students around town and having the power to give that student a 3.6 on that GPA rather than a 3.0 is powerful,” said Valley.

Students on the committee told FOX 11 last week that having a higher GPA can mean hundreds of dollars in scholarship money.

Valley says most teachers support the new system.

“84.9 percent of Green Bay Area Public School teachers were in favor of making a change to this, so it was very well received,” said Valley.

District officials say the grading scale won't be retroactive, so current GPAs will stand.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11)

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