ERIC Number: ED200146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Monograph on Grading for Universities.
A comparison of the relative efficiency of grading systems can be based on three criteria: accuracy, familiarity, and simplicity. It is suggested that a letter grade system should replace the numerical system in India. In terms of the "accuracy" criteria, the numerical marking system provides a very inaccurate measurement of academic achievement, given that the standards of examiners differ widely and that scales across subjects also differ. The numerical system is more familiar to Indian educators and students, but is misleading, implying a precision seldom attainable. The real meaning of one student's mark is only relative to other student's marks. The misconception about numerical marking offsets the advantage of familiarity in favor of grades; the marking system is too simple, at the expense of other standards of scalability, reliability, etc. To address the question of how to award, interpret, and add grades, a standard scale needs to be adopted across subjects. The examiner would decide the relative merits of a student's performance, and the university would assign grades. Grades can be assigned by converting marks into grades or on an absolute standard. Other objections to both systems are raised. Several appendices are attached concerning grading scales. (PJM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Students, Grades (Scholastic), Grading, Higher Education, Norms, Scaling, Scoring, Student Evaluation
Association of Indian Universities, Rouse Avenue, New Delhi, India.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi (India).