Monday, September 22, 2008

SSSsssssssshhhhhhhhhh!

I'm posting from work... don't tell anyone.

(whoops)

I just had to get this one out there when I heard of it and I didn't want to run the risk of forgetting it by the time I got home this evening.

Eyebrows raised over city school policy that sets 50% as minimum score

So to help the little kiddies, we're now going to make 50% the lowest grade possible on any quiz or test.

You showed up? Congratulations, you scored at least a 50%

A's are 100-90
B's are 89-80
C's are 79-70
D's are 69-60
and E's are 59-50 (50 being the low end cut off for the new grading system.)

If you get 3 out of 10 correct on your math quiz, you got 50%

huh?

The policy was put in to encourage students who might otherwise feel defeated or in a bottomless pit with all those 0's piling up on him. It is "easier" to recover from a 50 than a 0... so they say.

So why don't we just adjust the grading to:
A's=100-80
B's=79-60
C's=59-40
D's=39-20
and E's are everything under? Why do they have to mess with math? Why only help out the very bottom rung of the ladder? I'm sure there are some straight B students who would appreciate my mathematically correct scoring system by vaulting them into A status. What happened to equal protection under the law?

I cannot pretend to have enough time here at work to let you guys know how I really feel about this, but I just had to go ahead and throw it out there for you.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

1 comment:

maryellenlewis said...

In my highschool, anything below a 70 (out of 100)was considered failing. We had As, Bs, Cs, and Fs. I do think that grading system is interesting. I thought an E would stand for "excellent". I guess not.