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JCPS might eliminate 'D' grade this fall

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- For the second time in less than a year, JCPS is exploring changes to its student grading scale -- and this time, one of the options is eliminating the "D" letter grade.

In an email sent to parents early Tuesday morning, JCPS assistant superintendent Karen Branham says the district is currently reviewing its 2015-16 Student Progression, Promotion, and Grading Handbooks to "make any improvements in grading for the 2016-17 school year."

"We want to seek your feedback on the current grading scale with a quick survey that will take you less than two minutes," Branham writes. 

Parents have until Friday to take the survey.

There are three options:

  • Keep the grading scale as is: A student who scores a 90 to 100 percent earns an A, while a B is the equivalent of 80 to 90 percent, a C equals 75 to 79 percent and a D is 70 to 74 percent, while a U is anything below 70 percent.
  • Change to a straight 10-point grading scale: An A student is one who scores 90 to 100 percent, a B is 80 to 89 percent, a C would be 70 to 79 percent and a D is 60 to 69 percent, while a U is anything below 60 percent.
  • Change to a straight 10-point grading scale with no D: A student is one who scores 90 to 100 percent, a B is 80 to 90 percent, a C would be 70 to 79 percent and there would be no D. Students would get a U for anything below 70 percent.

SURVEY | Take the JCPS grading scale survey here.

Last June, the district changed its grading scale for this year in order to "level the playing field" with students in other districts across the state.

The district's previous grading scale stated that a student who scores a 93 to 100 percent earns an A, while a B is the equivalent of 86 to 92 percent, a C equals 79 to 85 percent and a D is 70 to 78 percent, while a U is anything below 70 percent.

At the time, district officials said the change takes into account the "more rigorous content standards" and "supports equal opportunity for and levels the playing field for JCPS students as compared to students in other districts using 90-100 and 80-89 to earn scholarships and receive jobs."

Reporter Antoinette Konz covers K-12 education for WDRB News. She can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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