Minooka High School Board mulls changing grading scale
By Kris Stadalsky Correspondent March 11, 2013 10:04AM
Updated: April 20, 2013 6:03AM
Results from a survey on whether Minooka High School should keep its current grading scale found 75 percent of community members, 42 percent of high school staff and 45 percent of feeder district staff preferred a 10-point scale over Minooka’s seven-point scale.
The survey was sent out in response to requests by some parents to change the scale to match up more closely with other school districts and colleges.
One perception is that Minooka’s seven-point scale has a negative impact on students’ college applications, scholarships and financial aid applications, according to the survey.
“Is this a perception or is this real?” asked Minooka Director of Community Relations Dave DiLorenzo at a recent school board meeting.
While percentages point to the majority of respondents wanting the change, there are still questions that need to be answered before a decision is made.
The committee needs to find out how colleges and universities assess applicants and whether the current grading scale actually hurts students’ chances, and if lowering the scale will inadvertently allow students to not try as hard for grades.
Nearly 1,400 people responded to the survey, 1,000 more than the last survey the district sent out. Of those, 1,000 were parents, students, alumni and other residents.
Students overwhelmingly chose a change to the 10-point scale.
“The fact that we had over 1,000 responses from community members really speaks volumes about how important this is to students and parents,” DiLorenzo said.
The board approved the fee schedule for the 2013-2014 school year, increasing one fee and adding a second. The only increase will be in driver’s education, which will go up by $25 for a total fee of $125. An offset fee was added to bowling class.