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Tenn. Board OKs New Grading Policy

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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.

Vol. 24, Issue 22, Page 18

Published in Print: February 9, 2005, as Tenn. Board OKs New Grading Policy

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