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Grading Ethical Issues

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The ethical challenge most unique to education deals with the issue of student grades. Ethical issues range from as blatant as changing a student’s grade to as grey as teacher grading practices. Unethical grading practices could be the result of parental pressure to change a grade, inconsistent grading policies with a school or simply a teacher’s lack of knowledge about research based grading practices. Educators have a responsibility and duty to provide accurate information that reflects student learning. After all, educating children is the purpose of school, and students deserve accurate information. It is not uncommon for students or parents to challenge a given grade, possibly threatening action against a teacher’s job. Dr. Henry Parker…show more content…
2). Ineffective grading policies can result in wide variations in grades across a school or even within a single teacher’s classroom. There has been a great deal of debate as to what constitutes fair and ethical grading practices. Supporters of the recent trend toward standards based grading argue that items such as organization skills or timeliness do not assess whether or not a student knows a standard. O’Connor and Wormeli (2011) argue that “these reports offer no precise documentation and render description feedback impossible” (p. 40). Furthermore, Randall and Engelhard (2010) reported that in “some borderline cases [of student failure] teachers report considering non-achievement factors” (p. 1) to improve a student’s final grade. Conversely, other educators argue that the exclusion of some subjective topics such as effort, attitude, or participation do not give a clear picture of the whole child’s actual school achievement (Stitt & Pula, 2014). Stitt and Pula (2014) suggest that students who suffer from text anxiety tend to score lower and may appear as low achievers when in fact the same student may be among the most motivated in the
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