ERIC Number: ED051753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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In Opposition to Conventional Grades.
Faust, Margaret S.
Grades and other record evaluations should serve at least three functions: (1) they should communicate to the student how well and in what ways expected academic competencies and skills are being developed; (2) they are to be used within the college for advisory purposes, for granting admission to certain courses and programs, and for decisions on enrollment and degree requirements; and (3) they are used by graduate and professional schools for admission purposes, state scholarship agencies, and potential employers. Because conventional grades do not serve these functions adequately, they rarely reflect the student's true potential or the student's real academic strength and weaknesses. Studies have also shown that there is no evidence that conventional grades are better predictors of future academic success than are nonconventional grades. The experience with nonconventional grading at Scripps College indicates that instructors' comments serve the educational purposes of the College better than the former conventional grading system. (AF)
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Identifiers: Scripps College CA
Note: Paper based on a presentation to a meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, N.Y., February, 1971