Tag: Grading of Students

Nearly Everyone Gets A’s at Yale. Does That Cheapen the Grade?

Nearly 80 percent of all grades given to undergraduates at Yale last academic year were A’s or A minuses, part of a sharp increase that began during the coronavirus pandemic and appears to have stuck, according to a new report. The mean grade point average was 3.7 out of 4.0, also an increase over prepandemic […]

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Snowplow Parents Are Ruining Online Grading

But the bigger problems created by online grade books, Foss said, were that this kind of virtual communication doesn’t help to produce strong bonds between parents and teachers, and that kids become hyper-focused on their grades to the detriment of developing their minds. In the past several years, one of his biggest struggles in the […]

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Grade Inflation Needs to Stop

I’ll confess that in my nearly 30 years as a high school English teacher, my own conceptions of grading have either softened, or evolved, depending on how you see it. While I may fret over the ambiguity on Page 5 of a student’s essay, I’m aware of the greater machine. Their whole semester will boil […]

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Teachers Can’t Hold Students Accountable. It’s Making the Job Miserable.

Several teachers whom I spoke with or who responded to my questionnaire mentioned policies stating that students cannot get lower than a 50 percent on any assignment, even if the work was never done, in some cases. A teacher from Chapel Hill, N.C., who filled in the questionnaire’s “name” field with “No, no, no,” said […]

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