The Grading System Essay by CalDR

The Grading System
Explores whether changing the grading system in America's educational system will improve student performance evaluation.
# 29276 | 1,397 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jul 28, 2003 in Education (Administration)

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One of the main issues that the American educational system has to contend with is the formulation and implementation of an appropriate grading system to effectively measure and determine student performance in schools and universities. There have been numerous articles printed and published that suggests for a change in the current grading system in the curriculum of the U.S. educational system, which are the letter grades. Alongside this proposal is the suggestion for implementation of other forms of grading systems such as the numerical, narrative or mixed mode (combination of both numerical/letter and narrative) forms of grading. However, while programs gearing for a change in the grading system are prevalently called upon, there are also proponents who have disagreed with these changes and opted for the abolishment of grading in formal education. These perspectives are discussed in detail in this paper, and each grading system and perspective regarding the issue of changing the grading system is analyzed through its advantages and disadvantages to school evaluation and student performance. Primarily, the stance of this paper is for the support of the implementation of the mixed mode or the combination of numerical/letter or the narrative grading system. The points for and against this choice are also discussed in this paper.

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