Good Grades

Written by Diane Sievert
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Everyone loves good grades; teachers love giving them, students love getting them, administrators love referring to them and parents love being proud of them. That having been said, good grades need to be honest grades. As grade inflation continues to soar (especially at the college level), good grades are meaning less and less and standardized test scores are carrying more weight.

How To Ensure Your Good Grades Are Justified

Meticulous record keeping is the best way to make sure that the good grades you give are warranted. There's no way to ensure your grading techniques are positively objective--in fact, whenever you're grading subjective assignments (like essays and reports, for example) it's impossible to be completely objective. But proper grade recording will help build a basis for defensible grade reporting.

Nothing is more frustrating than a disorganized educator. If an administrator suspects you of grade inflation, he or she will ask for a detailed analysis of your grading policies. If you haven't been properly recording your grades, it will be hard to defend your position.

Computer grading programs can be most helpful in the situation described above. Computer grading programs will allow you to sort your data in different manners. Most often the data is sorted by student, but if you want to calculate grade averages, you can also have the program resort the data and calculate what percentage of students are getting As, Bs, Cs, etc.

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