Educators talk about optimizing learning potential in students but use an outdated grading system that doesn’t have students learn but rather compete against one another. In order for schools to optimize learning productivity amongst students, then they need to switch to a standard based grading system. A standard based grading system forces students to learn the material by grading in different categories and learning targets. A traditional grading system uses a curve which just takes the top score as the 100%. Although prior grading systems have worked in the past a standard based grading system will be better able to help students learn.
Even though there are ways to help a student not to cheat or plagiarize is to keep a record of their work, ensure that it matches their topic and try as much as you can to use your words and knowledge. Students cheat to raise their grades. The latest national study from the Centre for Academic Integrity shows that “to get good grades” was a primary motive for cheating among high school students (McCabe, 2001) (Finn, K. V., & Frone, M. R. ,2004). Raising the grade is one of the most requirable pros that a cheating students aim for. On the other hand, some students might not be self confident, and thinks that google, Wikipedia and all the online sources are way better and can help them easily.
Unfortunately, ﬁndings from classroom assessment research has revealed a gap between the recommended and the actual assessment practices regardless of teachers’ gender and teaching experience (Alsarimi, 2000). Brookhart (2001) stated that “grading theory and practices will be better connected once the role of classroom assessment and grading practices in student achievement motivation and, it seems reasonable to argue that to be able to understand and make sense out of the gap between assessment experts’ recommendations and teachers’ assessment practices, it is important to ﬁnd out the possible effects of these practices on students’ achievement goals as one aspect of student motivation for learning. Improved tests can still be improved further
There are several approaches to interpreting assessment results; teachers and trainers should choose those most appropriate one for them in decision making. One common approach is to compare students against their peers. But often it's more appropriate to base a judgment on a standard .This standards-based approach is particularly appropriate when the student must meet certain criteria in order to progress to the next course or be certified. 7. Evaluate the outcomes of the assessments.
I agree that teachers should start to present accurate grades to help students understand their true academic abilities. Instead, they give students false grades to pass their classes. In the essay “In Praise of the F Word," Mary Sherry argues that teaching students to have a healthy fear of failure would help them do better in school. Sherry notices that
My school would greatly benefit from the application of an honor code as long as such a code is approved by the student body. Such an honor code would bring about students to reconsider their actions before cheating on a test. This is because an honor code has the ability to create a culture among students which discourages cheating. Also, including harsh punishments within the honor code would dishearten students from cheating out of fear of potential consequences. Schools which have not benefited from honor codes are very different from Classical, and therefore do not prove that an honor code would be ineffective at Classical.
Gatto also speaks about how boredom comes from oneself, and how we should always find something that interests us. First, Gatto states “Do we really need school?” This is where he starts explaining his opinion and describing his own experience about how schooling is not important. Then he goes on to talk about how school is only teaching us to become good citizens but not to truly educate ourselves and learn more. I personally both agree and disagree with Gatto. However, in many ways I disagree.
It can show if a school curriculum is meeting the academic requirements that are expected of them and can often determine if a student is struggling and needs extra support. This form of testing is effective when determining a student's placement in classes that may move at a different pace because of skill level. “Test scores may be used, along with other information about students, to diagnose learning needs, so that educators can provide appropriate services, instruction, or academic support (http://edglossary.org/academic-support/)” (Liberty Concepts). Although standardized testing is seen to have some benefits, this is far outweighed by the downfalls. Standardized tests contradict the belief that all students are different but are given tests that treat them as if they are all the same.
Three arguments that I would argue for high stakes tests is that they motivate students to work harder, study more and take the test more seriously. I believe that if students are given a test along with the measurements for the test, they would want to do their best when taking the test. Another argument that I would have for high stake test is that once scores are calculated, they would show area of educational need for students who are struggling in specific educational areas. This way teachers will be able to focus on certain materials that students haven’t yet mastered or students may need additional guidance. The third argument that I have for against high stakes testing is it can show administrators and higher level people that the students are given more confidence in themselves because they will feel that the students are mastering the concepts in school at a higher