I have recently received one of your letters to my parental units that stated the new school board policy regarding the letter grade change. I understand that we would not be receiving the traditional letter grades, but instead either a “pass” or a “fail. ” Personally, I believe that changing the old grading system of “A, B, C, D, and F” would be preposterous and completely horrendous. I am outraged at the fact that we would have just a “pass” and “fail” mark.
I believe this because students with a “C” average will most likely be considered the same as a student with an “A” average, many students will become less motivated to actually put an effort into their work, and the students will not be able to receive an average GPA. My first point is that if you change the letter grades to “pass” and “fail,” then because of the what the teacher’s standards could be, the students with a “C” average in that class would be considered the same academically as a student with an “A” average.
I believe that isn’t fair to the student with the “A” average because they could work almost twice as hard as the “C” average student and still receive the same grade. The student should be able to receive a higher grade for higher work effort and quality. If a student’s assignment is to write a thousand word paper including ten to twenty vocabulary words for an “A” and one student fulfills that requirement, but another students makes the same paper but only includes six vocabulary words, the student who slacked off on the paper, would receive a “pass” mark and so would the student who met all the requirements.
The students who work harder and do a better job deserve a better grade. The second point I will explain is that many students will become less motivated to actually put an effort into the work that they hand in because they can do a mediocre job on it, and still receive the same grade as another individual who puts a lot more effort into it. With that slacking off, they will learn that it’s easier to do barely any work than to actually put forth an effort to get the best grade you could possibly get on the assignment.
When they get to college, they will come to realize that you can’t slack and if you can’t do a mediocre job, you have to put 100% effort into every piece of work that you do. The students will not be prepared well enough for college which means there will be further chances of drop outs. The letter grade change will turn many students into slackers. My final reason is that the students will not be able to receive an accurate academic GPA. Without the GPAs, students may not be able to get into a good enough college. Colleges look at GPAs to decide who can join their facilities and who cannot.
The colleges could see that they got a “fail” mark once and toss the application in the trash. With the letter grades, you can see an accurate GPA and the colleges can judge the student that way. If you have a GPA of 3. 0 or higher, then most colleges will accept you. With the “pass” and “fail” system, the only GPAs you could get would be something like a one and a two. Two would be a “pass,” and a one would be a “fail. ” The system would get all screwed up and colleges wouldn’t be able to properly admit people into their facilities.
I must therefore conclude that changing the letter grading system to “pass” and “fail” marks would be the least beneficial to student achievement. My reasoning is because of the huge margins that would cause a “C” student to be considered academically equal to an “A” student, students will be a lot less motivated to actually participate and do work in class, and because the students will either not even receive a GPA or they will not receive an accurate one. Keeping the annual grading system of “A, B, C, D, and F” would be the smartest idea towards the students academically. Sincerely,
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