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Park1 Janie Park UWP 1 Tara Porter 12 December 2010 Final Essay: Removing Grades from the University System Grades represent a significant proponent of the education system as it shows the progress of students and how they are doing in school. Whether one is graded based on numbers or letters, grades are a way of revealing to students and parents the level of learning obtained by the student. This long standing tradition is being matched with the idea of providing comments from the instructor instead of letter grades. This alteration of the grading system allows students to concentrate more on the subject matter with hope that this will lessen the stress and anticipation of receiving a lower grade. Comment grading can benefit students as they are given the freedom to learn materials without the constant worry of receiving a poor grade. But with this freedom comes the tendency to work with minimum effort with the hope that one would receive a decent grade. The letter grading system would be more favorable as it pushes students to work with their maximum effort to receive the highest grade possible. Although the letter grading system has been a strong tradition throughout the education system, replacing it with a comment grading system may be a better fit in the University system. In Universities where the letter grading system is practiced, one’s level of achievement is solely based on the letters A, B, C, D, or F. These symbols signify how a student progressed in school and reveals whether or not they were able to successfully master the subject matter. As described by Jessica Ellis in her article “Do Grades Do Any Good?” for many families, the grade
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Park2 is the goal. In a system where one’s level of success is exclusively measured by a letter grade, this exemplifies how the coursework of an entire year is condensed into one grade where that grade will heavily influence the academic standing of the student. This system can be very stressful on students as a single letter grade determines their achievement which puts substantial importance on the grade received. Ellis explains this as a reduction of the progression of students as well as the reduction of the students themselves. Digging deeper into the subject, she reveals how grading on a curve only worsens the problem. As students are forced to compete against
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