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September 2013 | Volume 71 | Number 1
Resilience and Learning
Thomas R. Guskey
It's time to abandon grading scales that distort the accuracy, objectivity, and reliability of students' grades.
Assessment and grading have become a major focus in education reform. But one basic component of most present-day grading systems stands as a major impediment to making grades fairer, more accurate, and more meaningful. That component is percentage grades.
Percentage grades are the foundation of many state grading policies. Nearly every online grading program available to educators calculates percentage grades. Yet despite their popularity, percentage grades are difficult to defend from a procedural, practical, or ethical perspective.
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Copyright © 2013 by Thomas R. Guskey
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