ERIC Number: ED044078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May-14
Reference Count: 0
STAG: A Conceptual Approach for Comparing Grades Within and Among Colleges and Universities.
Tetlow, William L., Jr.
There are variables in existing grading systems that limit their effectiveness as generalized indicators of academic performance. For example: (1) the multiplicity of grading systems now in use create interpretive dilemmas for educators and students alike; (2) attempts to standardize encounter resistance, which hinders a common approach; (3) present numerical and quality-point averaging systems fail to account for substantial grading differences that exist among the various departments of an institution; and (4) rank-order academic standings of heterogeneous student groups, based upon grade-point or quality point averages, often give a misleading index of student achievement. The Standardized Transformation of Academic Grades (STAG) approach attempts to solve these difficulties by converting existing quality-point or numeric averages into a normalized and standardized scale. A conversion equation is devised for a particular reference group based upon actual grade distribution data obtained from class rank lists. The resulting "transformed" grade has the advantage of standard degrees of mean value and variability, permitting a more valid interdepartmental comparison. Since the conversion is accomplished post-facto, the necessity to enforce any pre-set grading standard is avoided. (AF)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY.
Identifiers: Standard Transformation of Academic Grades
Note: Paper presented at the Tenth Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 14, 1970