ERIC Number: ED037163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Measure, Number, and Weight: A Polemical Statement of the College Grading Problem.
The following advantages are regularly cited for traditional grading: it is in common use and allows relatively standardized information about students; it enforces academic discipline; it serves numerous administrative purposes; it prepares students for the competitions of life; it motivates students; and it is a fairly reliable index of academic achievement. The disadvantages far outweigh the advantages, however. These include: the inaccuracy of traditional grading; its deleterious effect on the teaching situation, learning, and creativity; and its ineffectiveness in stabilizing the academic standards of the university and in motivating students. In addition, there is substantial evidence to indicate that grades badly serve the purpose of determining graduate admission; that transferring and hiring can be done without grades, and that the grading system has no counterpart in real life. The author proposes consideration of several variations of the pass-fail system, or, as an alternative, a system of comprehensive examinations combined with written reports on the student. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Center for Research on Learning and Teaching.
Note: A study prepared for the Academic Senate Select Committee on Education, University of California, Berkeley, Summer 1965