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Grading system in schools should be abolished

This grading system has withstood the test of time, and yet it has detractors. Some wonder how that can be. However, more and more public schools are moving away from this traditional grading system, but there are some good reasons to keep it in place. Early Letter Grades The concept of assigning a score or rank to assignments, assessments, and student work has been firmly in place since 1913. Schools have utilized a standardized system of grading using letter grades.

Current Letter Grades After a few years of traditional education, virtually every parent and child understands the meaning of letter grades. It's a standard set of score that correspond with a student's performance on specific tasks. A is typically equivalent to excellent work or mastery of content.

B is an indication that the student is doing well; average to above average. C is the score directly in the middle, and equates to average.

D is below average and F is a failing grade; failing to meet minimum standards. With the current letter grade system, students know exactly what each grade means, there is a familiar language within academic evaluation; therefore you can handle any grade accordingly.

Schedule a conference with the teacher or have a talk — stern, concerned or congratulatory — with little Sally. Letter grades allow parents to act with conviction right out of the starting gate and then make adjustments as they get more information. Continuity Imagine the confusion that could occur if — as is beginning to happen — some schools use alternative grading systems and others stick with letter grades. A B letter grade typically confers 80 to 89 points in grade school and high school, but what does a verbal assessment equal in terms of points?

Verbal assessments are open to interpretation, which at the very least would cause post-secondary schools a lot of extra manpower to decipher for purposes of acceptance.

Why School Letter Grades Should Not Be Banned From Schools

Motivation Even adults need a good reason to tackle difficult or even unpleasant projects — otherwise, the frequently used word, "procrastination," might never have been born. They want raises, recognition and promotions in exchange for a job well done.

Kids are no different and, in fact, their immaturity may make grading motivating factors even more important to their accomplishments. Letter grades provide motivation and goals. Detractors also say that once a student reaches his or her letter grade goal, they are likely to stop trying and coast through to the end. Even if the student doesn't immediately acknowledge the importance of maintaining, they will most likely remember next semester when their mid term grade is an A.