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The traditional high school A-F grading system no longer reflects an accurate measurement of student success. Providing a new system where grades are measured by the rank of the student in the class will provide a system more honest than before, it will benefit students and prospective colleges. Changing the grading scale to a system where students are ranked from a curve based off the total percentage of points potentially earned in the course. In addition to a system where few in a class receive a failing grade and if a student falls below the line have the opportunity to obtain a successful grade in the course by completing extra course work and offering an opportunity to retake tests/quizzes. A student will be more willing to take a risk by taking a class that they may not get an A in. For example, many students, including seniors would opt out of taking Chemistry due to the fact they may not receive a “good” grade. While, these students may be protecting their high GPA's they miss out of the opportunity to gain a higher level of logic. Honor and AP classes benefits a student by challenging them and improve their study habits, but find the subjects that one may excel at. This may potentially add more integrity towards cheating in the class room by adding a sense of competition to classwork. A study compiled by an expert in academic integrity, Professor Donald Mc Cabe, conducted a survey of over 4500 high school students from across the nation. From this study of 24,000 high school students from 70 different high schools, 64 percent of students confessed to cheating on a test, while over 95 percent admitted to participating in acts such cheating on a test, plagiarism or collaborating on homework. Fro... ... middle of paper ... ...ed to inflate the grade. When a student applies to college, the GPA can be meaningless for many high school students and for college admissions it can be difficult to determine an accurate picture of a student from it. From a study concluded during 1991 to 2003 evidence shows that student GPA has risen by 12.5 percent without a rise in ACT scores. This shows that more students are receiving higher grades even though the skills haven't improved. Tests are becoming less challenging, more and more teachers are allowing students to pass courses, even if the they don't know the information. If a system was created where students were graded in a manner where they can see who falls below average, who is average, and who accels it could change the academic system to better prepare individuals for the future and teach much more than what we have been now.

In this essay, the author

  • Proposes a new grading system where grades are measured by the rank of the student in the class, which will benefit students and prospective colleges.
  • Opines that students are more willing to take risks by taking a class that they may not get an a in. honor and ap classes benefit students by challenging them and improving their study habits.
  • Explains that a study conducted by an expert in academic integrity, professor donald mc cabe, found that 64 percent of students confessed to cheating, while 95 percent admitted to participating in acts such as plagiarism or collaborating on homework.
  • Argues that if more students took classes with tests preparing them for the college experience, we would be able to know who is ready and who should start off at a 2 year university.
  • Explains that grade inflation has been a major disadvantage to the university admissions. the new grading system will reflect students' true efforts and not just points added to inflate the grade.
  • Explains that student gpa has risen by 12.5 percent without a rise in act scores. tests are becoming less challenging, and teachers are allowing students to pass courses even if they don't know the information.
  • Argues that if students were graded in a manner where they can see who falls below average, who is average and who accels it could change the academic system to better prepare individuals for the future.
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