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Hi Ken,
My district is moving in the direction of SB grading (thanks in part to your presentation this fall!). We are looking closely at a 0-14 point grading scale. 14 = A+, 13 = A, 12 = A-, 11 = B+ and so on until 2 = E+ (59%-40%), 1 = E (39%-20%) and 0 = E (19%-0%). While our grading committee feels this looks good on paper we haven't found any infomation if it in fact works in practice. What are your thoughts on this grading scale?
Thanks for your time!

2011-02-17
Erin
 

The
Grade
Doctor
says:

Scales similar to the one you described have been used by schools/districts in a number of
Canadian provinces where provincial policy requires the use of percentage grades. These
scales have worked reasonably well because teachers have made them work but 14 levels is
really too many because nobody is able to adequately describe the difference between, for
example, 3- and 2+. If you do not have to report % grades I would suggest that you use a
maximum of 7 levels (like IB) and preferably less.

 

 

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