Whiteland school leader wants input on grading scale

The leader of a local high school wants to return to a traditional 10-point-increment grading scale for students, but before any decisions are made he wants to know what parents think.

This fall interim Principal John Schilawski started looking into whether Whiteland Community High School needed to adjust its grading scale. Whiteland students have to earn at least 91.5 percent to earn an A-minus in a class, while most other schools in the county and around the state use a traditional grading scale requiring a score 90 percent or higher for an A.

Over the years local school districts, including Center Grove, have implemented stricter grading scales but went back to traditional grading scale after hearing complaints from parents. This fall, a parent group Schilawski meets with monthly asked him to investigate whether Whiteland’s grading scale was making it difficult for the school’s students to compete for college acceptance or scholarships.

Schilawski couldn’t find solid proof that the grading scale was stopping students from getting into or receiving money for college. But he wants to adjust the scale so that students’ grades will be more comparable to most other high schools and colleges.

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