社会科教師のエリック・ウルフ・ウェルチ, マシューが呼んだ人 “恒星の教育者,” コラムニストに情熱を送った, 4,764-グレーディングを容易にするために最近報告されたプッシュについてのワードメール – a push that was in part prompted by the COVID-19（新型コロナウイルス感染症 パンデミック.
それは “the biggest issue facing secondary education in decades,” Welch 前記, according to Mathews. “The impact of what schools do on this issue … goes beyond just high school. It will impact the future of our nation’s economy and our competitive status in the world.”
In the wake of the pandemic, Welch told Mathews how one of his students wrote on a scholarship application that because of a policy prohibiting teachers from lowering grades after the first semester, he stopped working the rest of his sophomore year. The student also said he lost interest in schoolwork his junior year when he was told that he could turn in work late and that no assignment would be graded less than 50 パーセント.
Welch wrote that while most people pushing for grade reforms are well-meaning, implementing measures that may help the approximately 20 percent of low-performing students who would fail without them across the board could be “dangerous.”
Instead of standardized test scores as the key measure of high school quality, Welch laments that administrators have found “creative ways to help students meet the standards — re-take tests, accept late work, don’t count attendance or participation in class toward a grade, don’t put zeros in the grade book for missing work, … do a one-month online course in the spring or summer that can be substituted for a year-long class and thus allow a student to pass a required course.”
“And from top to bottom in the education system, this has become accepted practice — find a way to pass students at all costs, そして, thus, keep that graduation rate up,” 彼は言った.
Fairfax County Public Schools spokeswoman Helen Lloyd defended the district’s decisions not to rely on grades as a primary motivator for learning.
“Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to consistent grading regulation and practices where grades are an accurate reflection of student learning,” 彼女は言いました. “Current policies include the separation of achievement and work habits, additional opportunities for students to demonstrate proficiency, and ongoing communication with students and parents. We aim to ensure that grades are based on demonstrated student achievement, 知識, and skill proficiency and that they are separated from work habits.”
Lloyd said research has shown using grades as a system of extrinsic rewards and consequences “can have a negative impact on learning” そして “can be particularly demotivating for low-performing students.”
“This is particularly true,” 彼女は言いました, “when schools use a 0-100 scale in which a single zero carries a disproportionate impact on a student’s overall grade, making academic recovery feel out of reach.”
“Our goal as a district is to promote grading practices in support of continuous student engagement in their learning and to ensure that student grades reflect evidence of learning,” 彼女は続けた. “We utilize practices such as reassessment and reasonable late-work policies to ensure that students have positive paths forward to demonstrating their learning.”
Rory Cooper, a parent of three FCPS elementary student students, disputed Lloyd’s narrative.
“The Fairfax board has consistently demonstrated a cavalier and even destructive attitude toward academic excellence from their intentional dismantling of Thomas Jefferson’s standards to their latest superintendent hire,” Cooper told Fox News Digital. “Kids learn and grow differently, but Fairfax seems hell-bent on holding some kids back and ignoring their core mission of teaching the fundamentals. My third grader recently saw a headline that they may get rid of letter grades and was upset because she wants goals to shoot for. We shouldn’t let these adults keep harming children and our collective future. The people trying to destroy public education are the very people we have entrusted to protect it.”
States like Oregon have begun to ditch standardized testing. 民主党の知事. ケイトブラウン 署名 上院法案 744, dropping proficiency requirements in reading, writing or math before graduation. Charles Boyle, Brown’s deputy communications director, said that the new standards for graduation will help benefit the state’s “ブラック, HuffPostから, Latinx, Indigenous, アジア人, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and students of color.”
まだ, Fox News contributor Jonathan Turley argued the opposite.
“If there are no such standardized scores, there is no ability to easily compare the achievement of schools or even the achievement of students applying for admission,” ターリー, a constitutional scholar, 書きました in an opinion piece for Fox News Digital.
さらに, 彼は主張した, eliminating standardized testing means that it would be much more difficult to prove that the universities were engaging in racial discrimination.
“With no testing scores for comparison, it would be nearly impossible to show that race was the major or dominant factor in admissions,” 彼が書きました.
Objecting to grades as “demotivating” 学生のための, Turley told Fox News Digital, “is like objecting to stopwatches as demotivating for athletes.”