ERIC Number: ED036260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec-5
Reference Count: 0
Concerning Grading and Other Forms of Student Evaluation.
Dale, Wesley J.
There is increasing protest regarding the validity and usefulness of current methods of evaluating students' abilities and achievements. With higher education accessible to the masses, increased competition for college, graduate school, and good jobs has made the attainment of "good grades" more important than ever. Yet the appearance of objectivity and precise evaluation in grades really conceals a host of assumptions and undefined variables. Many alternatives have been proposed: pass/fail, satisfactory/unsatisfactory, etc. The traditional system of grading has many advantages, however; it has been tested by experience and the grade point average is one of the most consistent indicators of a student's probable success. Although the traditional system is objectionable, there is no one panacea. It is important that the teacher/grader be aware of the capabilities and limitations of alternate grading methods, and be willing to experiment with a mix of alternatives, including more individual counseling and personalized diagnostic evaluation. The re-evaluation of the grading system should be extended to a complete re-evaluation of the mission and regulations of graduate degree programs. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington, DC.
Note: Address to the Ninth Annual Meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington D.C., Dec 4-6, 1969