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ERIC Number: ED056651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep-27
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Pass-Fail Grading
Delohery, Pat; McLaughlin, Gerald
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University implemented a pass-fail grading system two years ago. The procedure in use appears to be working smoothly and suffers little abuse. Aside from physical education, courses taught under this system primarily are taken by seniors. The number of courses elected for pass-fail grading is small: 3.3 percent of total grades. Primary results indicate the students taking courses on pass-fail performed better in quarterly grade average than other students. Studies of students exercising this option show that the number of courses authorized to be taken is usually limited: (a) by number of courses allowed, and (b) by year of student. Results from extensive surveys at Princeton and the University of Southern Illinois indicate that students suffer some loss in motivation in their pass-fail courses, and possibly as a result they learn somewhat less. While students who have a pass- fail option will take a few additional courses which they might otherwise have missed, still a willingness to explore and try new areas is not assured by pass-fail grading. (Author/HS)
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Authoring Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg.
Note: O.I.R. Report, Vol IV