Stop Proposed Changes to Northville High School Grading System

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While the proposed changes to Northville High School's grading system may have the best of intentions, they fail to take into account the serious and egregious ramifications that they present. When looking at the proposed changes, one can see that the new grading scale would set an A as a 93% across the board. While this might seem fair, given that AP classes award 5.0's for these A grades, this change would be detrimental in the college admissions process. Colleges do not consider school-reported GPA in the admissions process as weighting systems are greatly varied. As a result, colleges recalculate GPAs based on letter grade to set all students on an equal playing field. So while it might seem fair to set the cutoff for an A at 93% across the board, the current system of an unweighted GPA with the cutoff set at 89.5% for AP classes, and 91% for honors classes benefits students far more. Under the current system, a student achieving a 91% in an AP-level course would receive an A, and a college would calculate the student's GPA with that class as having an A. Under the new system, this student would be given an A-, negatively impacting their college admissions decision. Finally, there are classes offered at Northville High School that, due to College Board rules, have to be classified as honors-level classes, even though they are some of the hardest offered at Northville, namely Honors Calculus 2 and Honors Anatomy and Physiology. Taking one of these classes under the proposed grading system would actually hurt students who would have a GPA higher than 4.0, as the maximum grade point rewarded in these honors classes is 4.0. Northvile High School's classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020 have demonstrated that they are some of the highest achieving classes ever to go through NHS, and these changes would only negatively impact these students.

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