The Answer Sheet: Grades


Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 10/28/2013

What color is a great school?

School grading systems have gotten wacky.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:14 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Grades

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/17/2010

The carrot, the stick ... or something else?

We keep trying to get kids to go to school and study with carrots and sticks -- but maybe both approaches are wrong.

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Categories:  Learning, Learning, Learning | Tags:  chronic truancy, paying for grades, sean slade, student truancy, truancy

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 08/18/2010

The problem with abolishing the 'D'

A teacher questions the wisdom of a decision by a New York school district to abolish the "D" grade.

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Categories:  Grades, Grades | Tags:  abolishing the D, grades, grading students, how to grade students, joe bower, mount olive schools

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 04/24/2010

Senior slump: A cautionary tale

College admissions consultant Bruce Vinik writes about how hard it is for many 12th graders to focus on their school work. As May approaches, even high achieving students give serious consideration to skipping their Advanced Placement exams and heading to the beach. But senior slump is serious business to colleges. Here's a cautionary tale.

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Categories:  College Admissions, College Admissions, College Admissions, College Admissions | Tags:  college admissions, getting into college, grades and college, senior slump, senior year grades

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 04/19/2010

An analysis of pay-for-grades schemes -- Willingham

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham from the University of Virginia writes about the results of experiments in school districts to pay students for their work, and explains the psychological reasons it sometimes works--and sometimes doesn't.

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Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham | Tags:  Daniel Willingham, Harvard project and paying for grades, grades, guest bloggers, paying for grades

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 04/08/2010

And now, outsourcing the grading of papers

And now, outsourcing the grading of papers. That's what some teachers are doing, through a Virginia company that hires graders most overseas. But how are teachers supposed to properly evaluate student performance if they don’t actually spend time reading and grading their work?

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Categories:  Grades, Grades | Tags:  chronicle and grades, grades, outsourcing education, outsourcing grading, teachers

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 03/12/2010

Harvard study: Are weighted AP grades fair?

By Debra Viadero. A new study by a Harvard University researcher looks at the practice of giving weighted grades to high-level high school courses, and he issues a warning about the effects on college admissions.

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Categories:  Grades, Grades, Grades | Tags:  AP, college admissions, weighted grades

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 12/02/2009

The grades it takes to get into college, and why an ‘A’ isn’t always an ‘A’

Let’s suppose your child is in high school and you want to know whether you should worry because: --You advised your kid that taking the most challenging courses was more important than getting straight “A”s; --Your child has a 3.1 grade point average while his/her best friend has an “A plus” average after taking much easier courses; --You want your child to go to the University of Michigan but learn from a Post education writer that more than 94 percent of the accepted freshmen in fall 2008 had GPAs of over 3.25. Yes. Go ahead and worry.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 12/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Admissions, College Admissions, College Admissions | Tags:  college admissions, grades

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 11/11/2009

A school that wanted to sell grades. Really.

Just when I was worried that capitalism was dying in the United States, what with young people these days expecting to get their news and their music pretty much for free, along comes Rosewood Middle School in North Carolina to take away my concerns. How? By selling grades. Really. This is a different scheme from one that a number of schools adopted in the hopes of getting kids to perform better--paying cash for grades, which, in its own way, was a wonderful capitalist enterprise.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:16 PM ET, 11/11/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Grades | Tags:  grades

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 09/16/2009

SPOTLIGHT: How Unfair Are Grades?

If you have ever rolled your eyes in disbelief when your child tells you a teacher gave him or her an unfair grade, you may want to think again. Your child might be right. An expert on grading systems conducted an experiment with more than 10,000 educators that he says proves just how subjective grades can be.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 09/16/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Grades | Tags:  Douglas Reeves, Fairfax County Public Schools, Grades