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ERIC Number: ED236763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0161-9500
Bright Idea: Hard Courses Should Carry More Weight Than Easy Courses. The Endpaper.
Bravin, Jess
Executive Educator, v5 n1 p40,30 Jan 1983
The traditional system of letter grades discourages college-bound students from taking difficult courses. Many colleges look closely at an applicant's grade point average (GPA). When a student's GPA is computed, a grade from an easy course carries as much weight as a grade from a difficult course. Since a student can achieve a higher grade with less effort in an easy course, there is a temptation to avoid more challenging classes which could adversely affect a student's GPA. Another drawback to traditional letter grades is their lack of accuracy in reflecting a student's performance. When only five grades are used, the range of performance within each grade is necessarily large. The alternative to this system is a weighted grading system using point values instead of letter grades. Under such a system, more points would be achievable in a difficult class than in an easy class. To implement such a change would not be easy, but it is worth a try. (DC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A