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ERIC Number: ED131877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
LACCD Grading Practices and Policies. Research Report 76-06.
Los Angeles Community Coll. District, CA. Div. of Educational Planning and Development.
Grading policies and practices within the nine colleges comprising the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) were examined in order to analyze past and present grading policies and practices in each college and the district as a whole, to relate findings to statewide and nationwide grading practices, and to discuss possible future trends in grading practices and policies. Data analyzed were grades issued by LACCD colleges during the fall semesters 1966 through 1975. Official grading policy was determined through review of current and past college catalogs and faculty handbooks. Major findings were: (1) grade point averages (GPA's) had risen over the past 10 years from 2.24 to 2.64; (2) GPA's dipped for the first time in 10 years in the fall of 1975 (2.64) from fall 1974 (2.66); (3) total percentage of A's and B's awarded rose from 40.4% in 1966 to 57.2% in 1975; (4) total percentage of D's and F's declined from 18.8% to 10.6%; (5) only slight differences in distribution of grades was found between LACCD colleges; and (6) considerable diversity between colleges was found regarding grading policies. A number of factors were suggested as being associated with the rise in mean GPA across the LACCD. Recommendations for further study and for a clearer delineation of grading policies were made. Appended are summaries of LACCD policies on withdrawal, repetition of courses, and incomplete course work. (Author/JDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Community Coll. District, CA. Div. of Educational Planning and Development.