By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The Lee County School District is considering changing its grading scale for kindergarten to fifth-grade students.
The district’s school board gave first approval on Tuesday to a policy that would switch from a 10-point scale to an eight-point one for those grade levels. The board must approve the policy a second time for it to take effect.
Lee County middle and high schools will remain on a 10-point scale.
For the elementary schools, 92 to 100 will be an ‘A,’ 83 to 91 a ‘B,’ 75 to 82 a ‘C,’ 70 to 74 a ‘D,’ and below 70 an ‘F.’
Lee County Superintendent Jimmy Weeks said the proposed change comes in response to a new law that would not allow third-graders who fail the state reading test to advance to fourth grade.
Under the previous scale, students were not failing if their grade was above a 65. Weeks felt that was too low.
“We felt 65 was not where we needed to be,” Weeks said. “We’d have a chance of a student being in third grade but not where they needed to be and they would have a harder time with the third-grade reading gate.”