Ashley Hansen, a senior, said, "I don’t understand why they felt compelled to get rid of the A+s. I mean they really make no difference in my opinion, but it does make me feel good about myself to know I can achieve that high of a grade.”
However, Kathy Wallander, the Art teacher at Audubon High School, said, “Colleges don’t really look at A+s, and if the grading changes' purpose is to go in the direction of college grading scales, we’re on the right track.”
Currently, the grading change seems minor, but people might change views later in the year, since it will make students work harder to maintain a good grade. Hansen said, "I like the idea that there are only two semesters and not four quarters, because it helps students avoid being ineligible for activities, and that is very important," said Hansen. She continued, "It does make me feel good that I have more of a chance to fix my grades before I’m ripped out of the activities I love.”
Wallander said she likes the new grading scale, “It helps kids to change their grades if they need to, and also makes them work harder throughout the year.”
The grading scale change hasn’t really affected any of the students or teachers so far, and everyone seems to be okay with it at AHS.
Wallander said, “I think it's fine, it [the grading changes] hasn’t really affected my classes at all.“