The Benefits Of Using Grades On Student Learning And Achievement

2914 Words Nov 19th, 2014 12 Pages
Quinn Casey
4th hour
November 19. 2014
“If I can’t give a child a better reason for studying than a grade on a report card, I ought to lock my desk and go home and stay there.” -Dorothy De Zouche, Missouri teacher, 1945.

The practice of using grades to measure academic achievement has been used by educators for years, but there is still no consensus about the effectiveness or benefits of using grades on student learning and achievement. Do grades help students to learn or hinder them? Even though grades have been accepted a standard practice in most schools, there is little research to support their continued use. Grades can cause students to lose interest in learning, preference for challenge, and quality thinking. The controversy on the value of grades is not new. While most educators can agree that they aren’t always an accurate representation of student’s knowledge, the American education system depends on them (Potts). Although curriculum, size and length of classes, and resources available to teachers differ from school to school, there is one thing that almost schools share; the letter grade system. Schools use this system to rank their students and prepare them for college. Without grades, how would schools know which students were knowledgeable and which were not? How could colleges evaluate their applicants? What would motivate students to study, show up to class, and learn? The fact that we even have to ask these questions…
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