The Linton-Stockton School Corporation Grading Scale Committee is urging parents and the community to give feedback through a survey available online.
Linton-Stockton High School Principal Nathan Moore explained some students and parents fear the grading scale may leave students seeking scholarships at a disadvantage.
"We are wanting to look at the grading scale and look at research and data to find out what's best for our students. We want to come to a decision that's not just what we (the committee) think is best, but by using this data," Moore stressed.
The Grading Scale Committee consists of a principal, teacher and parent from each of school's buildings.
Moore said the biggest difference of Linton's grading scale is 70 percent is a passing grade, compared to the other four county schools who have a 60 percent pass grade.
"At Linton, the passing score is a 70 percent. We have a higher expectation. Our thought behind this is, if you hold your students at a higher expect, they will perform at a level of your expectation," Moore explained.
He added based on data taken by the Indiana Department of Education, fewer Linton-Stockton graduates have to take remedial courses than the other county schools.
"We want grades to reflect college readiness. If you are used to working hard, then once you get to college or a trade school it will be easier. This is like practice, then you go to the game. You practice, then you go to the game so you can enjoy it," Moore said.
Moore noted while the passing grade is significantly higher at Linton, there is not much of a difference in the A through C grade range.
"People are thinking it's a 10 percent difference in all the grades, but that's not the case. At the other four schools, a C is 73 (percent) and at Linton it is 75. We have a much smaller D range, that is the biggest difference between the two. The D range against other four schools is 60 to 69 (percent). Ours is 70 to 74," Moore said.
Most students set their mind to a certain grade and work at the ability needed to achieve the score, Moore noted. He said many of the scores are just a two percent difference.
"The questions we have are, do we want to lower our expectations to say passing is now a 60? What is the outcome of doing that? What's going to happen? Will that allow more people to pass? Is that the right thing to do?" Moore stressed.
He added many former students have come to him within the last year and said college was much easier than they had anticipated.
"If we hold them to higher expectations now, when they go to college or a trade school, they will already have the experience of putting the extra effort into it," Moore said.
The Grading Scale Committee stressed the importance of not only having all parents take the survey, but members of the community as well.
"You want your students to be productive citizens in the community, which goes back to our vision statement, to graduate productive citizens and life-long learners," Moore said.
Moore also stressed the decision will effect students from kindergarten all the way to grade 12.
"This is not just a high school decision. This is a kindergarten through 12 corporation decision. One of the things we decided, from the superintendent on down, is we wanted our grading scale to be the same through the corporation. We (high school) are the last step before college, so most people look at it as a high school problem," Moore explained.
To take the parent or community survey, visit the school's website at www.lssc.k12.in.us, and click on the high school tab. The survey is located under the announcements.