English Department Simplifies “Complicated” 13 Point Scale

PACIFIC GROVE, CA 一Responding to generations of complaints, the PGHS English Department voted last Friday to officially archive the 13 Point Scale.

Written by Camden Smithtro, Satirist

PACIFIC GROVE, CA 一Responding to generations of complaints, the PGHS English Department voted last Friday to officially archive the 13 Point Scale, which had been a marker of the honors freshmen curriculum since before the first flamingo graced the walls of the Flamingo Lounge. “It was becoming a bit arcane,” Mrs. Selfridge admitted. “Our hope is that the new system is more self-explanatory. As always, our first priority is the students, and ensuring that the grades accurately reflect their effort in class.”

Selfridge then confirmed that after an extended debate that nearly ended in fisticuffs, the department voted against the 1871 Extended Ørsted scale, in favor of the hotly contested 1943 Modified Extended Ørsted scale — both grading scales can be found below. A proponent of the 1943 Ørsted scale, who requested to remain anonymous, explained that “the removal of the mdl– and slet+ grades from the 1871 was really the deciding factor. If you’re making it all the way down to the negative numbers, there’s really no wiggle room. A slet is a slet, people.” An informational packet found in the lounge explained that in both Ørsted scales a G was the lowest passing grade, with grades incrementing up by ⅔ after that, except for between a Mg+ and a Ug-, which only increased by a ⅓ point. “This change should completely change — dare I say revolutionize — grading at Pacific Grove High,” explained English teacher Mrs. Bulich. “We might get Justus on board — maybe even Dan.” When asked how the Ørsted scale would convert to Powerschool’s 100 point grade scale, Bulich reportedly remembered a pile of AVID papers that had to be graded immediately.

The originator of the 13 Point scale at PGHS — Mrs. Griffiths — was unavailable for comment.  



1871 Extended Ørsted scale

 

Ug (8)

Ug− (7⅔)

Mg+ (7⅓)

Mg (7)

Mg− (6⅓)

G+ (5⅔)

G (5)

G− (3⅔)

Tg+ (3⅓)

Tg (1)

Tg− (−1⅔)

Mdl+ (−4⅓)

Mdl (−7)

Mdl− (−12⅓)

Slet+ (−17⅔)

Slet (−23)

 

1943 Modified Extended Ørsted scale

 

Ug (15)

Ug− (14⅔)

Mg+ (14⅓)

Mg (14)

Mg− (13⅓)

G+ (12⅔)

G (12)

G− (10⅔)

Tg+ (9⅓)

Tg (8)

Tg− (5⅓)

Mdl+ (2⅔)

Mdl (0)

Slet (−16)