LIMA — The Lima Board of Education approved a formula for determining final grades for the 2018-19 school year.
Fran Mort, who is in her second year as principal at Lima Senior High School said that last year, teachers complained about a few students who were abusing the grading system.
“Sometimes students would get an ‘A’ the first quarter and then would be able to slack the rest of the year and still pass the course, so we put in measures to correct that and then kids that transfer in or students that aren’t good test takers, when it comes to finals and things like that, we set the bar at you can’t get any lower than a 50 percent so they always have an opportunity to improve or get better, so if they don’t take the final then they get a zero,” said Mort.
Under the plan, final grades will still be weighted using the 20-20-10-20-20-10 scale for high school. This means each quarter grade factors as 20 percent of the final grade while the exam grade factors only 10 percent of the final grade.
Final grades for grades 7 and 8 will still be weighted using the 25-25-25-25 scale, meaning each quarter grade factors as 25 percent of the final grade.
Final grades will be factored using the percentage the student receives for each quarter and exams for the high school, but for each grade [quarter and exams], student grades will bottom out at 50 percent. This means no student can receive below 50 percent for the quarter or an exam.
The exception is if the student fails to show for the exam. Then the exam grade will be a zero. This is only for the quarter and final grades. Individual class assignments can still receive grades lower than 50 percent.
“If you have a zero percent or a ten percent, there’s just hopelessness that you are never going to get yourself out of that situation, so we wanted to be able give them at least that ten point spread between an ‘A’ and a ‘B,’ a ‘B’ and a ‘C’ and a ‘C’ to a ‘D,’ so they would be motivated and keep them motivated because they will just give up and we don’t want them to do that,” said Lima Superintendent Jill Ackerman.
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