Students find uneven playing field in academic competition Read Article and complete questions as you read. When finished, submit on Google Classroom. Dave Scott Kali Deem’s academic future was on the line. A College of Wooster recruiter wanted to know about the classes she is taking at Wadsworth High School, her participation in sports and extracurricular activities and what she found inspiring. But he didn’t ask about her grades. As the college admissions process begins in earnest, Deem and thousands of other high school seniors are learning the grades they have been working to improve are still important, but to educators, those grades are nuanced and difficult if not impossible to compare. So as area schools reveal fall-term grades in the next few days, parents and students need to know that an A or B in science is just part of the equation. Results of standardized tests like the ACT don’t tell the whole story, either. Sports, participation in clubs, volunteer work, leadership skills and how they spend their spare time can also influence their future, even in elementary school. And some of the factors are out of their control, including the academic rigor and reputation of their school. Students not going to college must be aware that employers also may have an interest in grades, but character, punctuality and certification for trades might make the difference The education game is not played on an even field. A student can score 91 on a test in one district and get an A while a student in a neighboring district finds a 91 only brings a B. Further complicating the mix is not every class is the same. One Identify why the College Counselor did not ask Kali about her grades.
Students find uneven playing field in academic competition Read Article and complete questions as you read. When finished, submit on Google Classroom. school might have a regular ninth-grade science class and also offer advanced ninth-grade science with a different, more rigorous curriculum. Additionally, an A in the advanced placement science class might be worth 5 points on the grading scale in one school but only 4 for the same class a few miles away. So when a student says she has a 3.7 grade-point average, it cannot be easily compared to another student in another school.
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