Grading Degrades Performance LO17597

Leslie Lax (
Sun, 29 Mar 1998 21:31:31 -0800

Replying to LO17590 --

Letter grades may be useful when used with clearly define learning
ourtcomes, or better yet, competencies.

This may be accompanied by direct feedback to student and/or parent, but
may also stand alone if the competencies are stated in a way which is
easily understood.

This does require more up-fromt work by the learning facilitator
(educator). However, such a process helps to clarify process and
expectation for both the student and the educator.

>An "A" from one teacher means something different than an "A" from another
>teacher. Feedback to students and parents about areas of mastery, or
>proficiency, is more specific than the letter grade. However, many
>parents strongly prefer the letter grade and have been angry when schools
>have attempted to replace grades with other, more detailed reports about
>student progress.


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