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North Carolina students could pass with score of 40 if new law is approved

Posted: 4:48 PM, Feb 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-26 17:48:38-05

The North Carolina General Assembly is considering a radical change to its grading scale used in state public schools.

House Bill 145 proposes a new model, still grading school performance on a scale from A to F, but changing the percentages needed to qualify for a higher grade.

The North Carolina House of Representatives passed House Bill 145 on its first reading.

In North Carolina schools currently, anything less than a 60 percent mark is a failing score. A new scale would change the failure grade to anything less than 40 percent.

The new scale would be:

  • A: 100 to 85 percent
  • B: 84 to 70 percent
  • C: 69 to 55 percent
  • D: 54 to 40 percent
  • F: Anything below 40 percent

It’s a radical change that would result in one of the most lenient grading scales in the nation.

What do you think of this scoring? Should an education in North Carolina be considered on par with those from other states like Texas that task their students with a more rigorous academic scale?