Are grades a good measure of students knowledge?
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Furthermore, grades is a term defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as "a number or letter that indicates how a student performed in a class or on a test". The entire point of grades is to tell how much a student knows about something, and in numerical grades, this is based on percentage-based scores. It is necessary for the teachers/professors to know as well how much the students know, so they can focus on the student, offer tutoring, and teach differently, if required. As the comedian Daniel Tosh said, "I hate when people say I'm a bad test taker. You mean you hate the part where we find out what you know?"
To summarize, grades are essential for many reasons, the most prominent being motivational tools, a representation of the student, and how much of the material the student knows. These are important facets that are required for learning, which is why grades much still be used in the learning environment.
Now about the bad test taker. I am a bad test taker. Now what I mean by that is not that I don't know the info on the test. But rather that I get incredibly stressed about the test and end up messing up the questions because I get nervous and second guess myself.
Now obviously there are exceptions to my example, (where the F students are just messing around in class), but that is obviously not always the case. The 17 year old in your example is struggling in math, which is an issue. However, that does not mean that the grades are not a good measurement of knowledge. Perhaps the class is moving too fast, the student is having trouble focusing, or some other issue. That is why there are remedial classes, or the student could go down to a regular course instead of taking an Honors class. But that is precisely why we have grades. Grades help demonstrate how well the student is receiving the material and if the course needs to be changed or they need tutoring so that they can fully receive all of the material the course covers.
P.S. The quote from the comedian was merely a joke. Of course people get anxious and worried from tests. I myself get nervous during tests. I was just providing a quote I found funny, not a point to my argument.
Why in fact are you panting out that the people in the back of the room screwing around are not caring? Because they may have perfect grades and can do that because they are smart. They just don't want to do the work, While yes if you do the assignments and hand them in your grade reflects your knowledge, if you don't do the work it jests reflects that, which is why they need to switch from letter grading to a better job of reflecting that. While yes letter grades are a good form right now they won't be for now, it isn't the best it could be it could be better. I don't have a new system for it as an example but it could be better. How I don't know but this is not the right system for right now.
A grading scale is simply required by the school district to promote success. Repeatedly getting good grades, either means you are trying hard an persevering throughout your work or you are naturally intelligent. This is a major reason for the grading scale: it shows who is, for lack of a better word, smartest at the course. It demonstrates who is doing the best in the class and it is an essential part to school.
In short the students need something more physical to get them involved in their work. Letter grades just aren't doing it.
sorry for spelling errors if there are any I had to do this on my cell phone.
Grades are an essential need for school. It motivates students to learn and progress through school, which helps them get into college. College gives better jobs and this is all through grades. There is no better system for grades, and grades DO prove exactly who has the most knowledge, whether out of ability or from hard work.
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