Standardized Testing And A Grading System

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As a student I never really thought much about the grading system used by our public education system. As long as I passed I really did not care too much unless my parents put pressure on me to do better. I was an indifferent student who was fairly smart and did the minimum to get by. But that was then and this is now. Going into the field of education has opened my eyes to the competitive world in which modern day students are pressured to succeed. At the heart of this is the push for Common Core Standards, standardized testing and a grading system that is little changed since I was a student. However, it is not only the students who are being graded anymore. In order to improve academic performance teachers are now being targeted with grades on their performance. But is this really the best system we have for measuring success? In order to better understand how education has evolved we need to understand how we ended up where we are today.
In the beginning there was only a pass fail system for education and students stayed with a teacher until they thought the student had achieved the requisite knowledge necessary. It was not until the 1700’s that a different system of grading was used. Unlike today’s system this system was a percentage system and was designed as a way in which educators could provide each other and parents with a way to gauge a student’s ability. This system was loosely based off of a system used for grading shoes made in a factory. The shoes were graded
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