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SC high schools may shift to 10-point grade scale

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The South Carolina department of education is considering bumping the current seven-point grading scale to a ten-point grading scale for next school year.

The potential change is an effort to level the playing field with other students and student athletes competing for scholarships.

Some students say they make the same grades as those in other states, but South Carolina's current seven-point scale is why they're missing out on scholarships.

"My GPA sits at about a 3.5 right now," said Sawyer Bridges, a Summerville High School baseball player committed to the University of South Carolina next year. "It's so competitive, everybody is fighting for those scholarships."

Bridges says a shift to a ten-point grading scale would have made a big difference for him.

"I know if I was on a ten point scale, some of my B's would have been A's, some of my C's would have been B's, so I could have had almost a 4.0 which completely changes things when you talk about scholarships," he said.

Bridges teammate, Bo Goban is committed to play baseball for The Citadel. He feels he was beat out for some scholarship opportunities because of the current seven-point GPA scale.

"The ten-point scale, I definitely would have had a higher GPA, and probably could have gotten into more colleges," he said.

Dorchester County Superintendent Joe Pye is behind the change.

"We want our children to be on the same playing field. When we're competing against Georgia and Colorado other states that may have another grading scale, our children are at a disadvantage."

He knows some might think it levels the field a little too much.

"I'm sure some people will give thought to it not being the right thing, but I don't know any negative reasons," he said.

Elena Furnari is the director of high schools for Dorchester County. She says the colleges take the seven-point scale into account.

"We do send our grading scale to colleges, so they know ours is different, but still if we move it will make things easier."

Easier for South Carolina students and student athletes to get from where they are to where they want to be.

"The kids I play with in the summer are from North Carolina and Georgia, their grades are so much higher than mine, but I'm getting the same grades they are," Bridges said. "Those three points added can make a huge difference, especially when you're competing with other people."

If the ten-point grading scale is implemented, the state superintendent says 13,000 students could be eligible for scholarships that would have otherwise been out of their reach.

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