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Tenn. Board OKs New Grading Policy

By Joetta L. Sack — February 08, 2005 1 min read

Tennessee’s board of education has unanimously approved a measure that will require all of the state’s high schools to adopt a uniform grading policy.

The board made the change Jan. 28 at the request of the legislature because of confusion over which students were eligible for new lottery-funded scholarships, which require a 3.0 grade point average as well as high scores on the ACT or SAT college-admission test.

The new system dictates that a score of 93 to 100 percent constitutes an A, 85 to 92 a B, 75 to 84 a C, 70 to 74 a D, and below 70, a failure. About two-thirds of the state’s school districts will have to change their grading standards, according to the board. Many of those will be lowering their grading standards.

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A version of this article appeared in the February 09, 2005 edition of Education Week