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The Answer Sheet Archive: Grades

The problem with abolishing the 'D'

A teacher questions the wisdom of a decision by a New York school district to abolish the "D" grade.

By Valerie Strauss  | August 18, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Grades, Guest Bloggers  | Tags:  abolishing the D, grades, grading students, how to grade students, joe bower, mount olive schools  
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An analysis of pay-for-grades schemes -- Willingham

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham from the University of Virginia writes about the results of experiments in school districts to pay students for their work, and explains the psychological reasons it sometimes works--and sometimes doesn't.

By Valerie Strauss  | April 19, 2010; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Grades, Guest Bloggers  | Tags:  Daniel Willingham, Harvard project and paying for grades, grades, guest bloggers, paying for grades  
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And now, outsourcing the grading of papers

And now, outsourcing the grading of papers. That's what some teachers are doing, through a Virginia company that hires graders most overseas. But how are teachers supposed to properly evaluate student performance if they don’t actually spend time reading and grading their work?

By Valerie Strauss  | April 8, 2010; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Grades, Higher Education  | Tags:  chronicle and grades, grades, outsourcing education, outsourcing grading, teachers  
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Harvard study: Are weighted AP grades fair?

By Debra Viadero. A new study by a Harvard University researcher looks at the practice of giving weighted grades to high-level high school courses, and he issues a warning about the effects on college admissions.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 12, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  AP,IB,honors, College Admissions, Grades  | Tags:  AP, college admissions, weighted grades  
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Paying kids to attend school is not always a bad idea

I began to reconsider my opposition to paying kids for school attendance and high grades when I heard Geoffrey Canada, the maestro of the Harlem Children's Zone, laugh about that position and then explain why he does it.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 9, 2009; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags:  Harlem Children's Zone, school reform  
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The grades it takes to get into college, and why an ‘A’ isn’t always an ‘A’

Let’s suppose your child is in high school and you want to know whether you should worry because: --You advised your kid that taking the most challenging courses was more important than getting straight “A”s; --Your child has a 3.1 grade point average while his/her best friend has an “A plus” average after taking much easier courses; --You want your child to go to the University of Michigan but learn from a Post education writer that more than 94 percent of the accepted freshmen in fall 2008 had GPAs of over 3.25. Yes. Go ahead and worry.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 2, 2009; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  College Admissions, Grades, High School  | Tags:  college admissions, grades  
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Older Entries in This Category »

A school that wanted to sell grades. Really., Valerie Strauss , November 11, 2009
More on Grades: A Case Study in Change , Valerie Strauss , September 17, 2009
SPOTLIGHT: How Unfair Are Grades?, Valerie Strauss , September 16, 2009
 
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