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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Grading in Schools
On thursday we had a in class talk about the standard grading system of schools.  As most people already know you get grades based on how well you can understand topics in school. A, B, C, D, and F are the five grades you can get, A being the highest and F being the lowest. 
What some people don't know is that there is a different grading system and sujective/objective grading.  Subjective means that the teacher has an opinion of your grade. One teacher may think your work is much better than another teacher.  Most writing is subjective since there is more than one possible answer.  Objective is grading in which there is one exact answer that you either get right or wrong.  An example of objective would be a math problem.  If you are givin the problem 89 + 11 there is only one right answer so the teacher can't mark you wrong if you get the  answer 100.      Another topic we disscused was instead of using the A, B, C, etc. grading system you could get marks like proficent, advanced proficent and so on.  Personally I like the kind we use currently becasue it gives us more of an exact grade that the other kind.  For example if you get a advanced proficent that could be anywhere from a 85 to a 100.  I don't think that a 85 is good enough, but I wouldn't know if I got that because the grade would just read advanced proficent.  In the A, B, C, D, F system I would be able to tell if I got a 87 or a 95 or even a 69 and wouldn't have to wonder.
One topic I kind of wondered about was why grading is based on a 100 point scale.  It wouldn't be on a ten point scale because that wouldn't be exact enough and on things like tests there could only be 10 questions.  If there were more questions than 10 wouldn't each question only cout for a fraction of a point?  But then why 100, why not 1,000 that would be even more exact.  So I am really not sure the answer to this puzzling question.  If you think of any other reason please post a comment because I am wondering what other people might think.
Something else popped into my mind when we were talking the other day.  I was thinking and came to the conclusion that students grades reflect the teachers grade, or how well they are teaching.  For example if a whole class fails a test then doesn't that say that the teacher didn't do a good enough job since it is not just a couple failures.  Can teachers get grades? Do they have a powerschool they can go to to see how well their doing?  I think that in all classes, every marking period, all the students should write comments for the teachers based on how well they are learning from them.  We could kind of give them advice on how we learn the best.  It would help us learn more and teachers get more done in the school year.
I think that students deffinently need the grading to see how well they are doing in classes, but tearchers would probbably benefit from a little too.


  1. Um, grading our own teachers? I completely second this notion. Nice blog post; I see your point about liking the 100 point-scale grading because it's more concrete.

  2. Justin and Trinity, I am totally in favor of student feedback of teachers. I usually request feedback at the end of each of my courses but thinking about it now, I really should do it more often. Thank you for the idea.