By Mike DeNardo

LOWER MERION, PA (CBS) — When the school year begins, students at Lower Merion’s two high schools will be graded on a system that aligns with most other districts.

Lower Merion is joining the trend toward adopting a ten-point grading scale, giving an ‘A’ for a score of 90-100, and a ‘B’ for 80-90 and so on, this is replacing the 92-100 eight-point scale.

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Assistant Superintendent Dr. Scott Eveslage said with most districts on a ten-point scale, some Lower Merion students were concerned they might be at a disadvantage as they competed for scholarships and college admissions.

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“We certainly were not concluding that our students were in any way harmed or disadvantaged by our system,” he said. “But we certainly wanted to acknowledge that that perception of being an outlier, perhaps leading to confusion and lack of some opportunity for students, was out there.”

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Eveslage stressed the district’s academic standards aren’t changing. Just how it keeps score.