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ERIC Number: ED081749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 18
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Grading in the UPSTEP Secondary Education Professional Year.
Van Scotter, Richard D.
This article discusses the philosophy of grading in the new secondary education professional year in the Undergraduate Pre-Service Teacher Education Program (UPSTEP) at the University of Colorado. Research and comments, pro and con, regarding different methods of grading are reviewed. The two major methods discussed are letter grades (they provide feedback and are of value in the selection of students for advanced education, but can promote cheating and unimaginative student behavior and can mix heterogeneous learning factors that have different weightings) and pass/fail grades (they make students more relaxed and provide a better learning atmosphere, but do not distinguish among students of different abilities and are used by some teachers to avoid evaluation altogether). Also considered are pass/no record (or credit/no credit) grades, written evaluations, self-evaluations, the contract system, and the mastery approach or performance curriculum. This paper recommends a pass/fail grading system or some variation of it, supplemented by other evaluation procedures. (Related documents are SP 006 875, 006 876, and 006 877.) (JA)
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Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Boulder. Undergraduate Pre-Service Teacher Education Program.