Students attending school in the middle class and wealthier communities have numerous advantages over children from less privileged neighborhoods. Those with financial resources can afford the cost of academic tutors and preparation courses for standardized tests. Their families support and broaden their children’s education with cultural and educational experiences not sponsored by school. Whereas, many students in urban school districts do not have the funds nor the parental involvement to excel in their education in and out of the classroom. A numerical grading system is unfair to disadvantaged students because, although they are capable of learning, educators have little help from parents or ambition from the students to excel. Although, the traditional numerical grading system is not an indicator of any student’s growth, it is more unfair for children in high-poverty districts.
Numerical Grading Systems Are Unfair Starting at an early age, particularly elementary school, students are challenged to compete for the highest possible grades. Do children from wealthier economic environments have an advantage for a better education? Students with financial means have the option to benefit from…show more content… Often, the education that high-poverty urban students receive is “demonstrably insufficient to making them competitive with their more advantaged, middle and upper income peers” (Hudley 2013; 1). Outdated textbooks, little or no computers or technology, nonexistent science equipment and supplies, and deteriorating building conditions can diminish student engagement and achievement. Whereas, the middle class and wealthier districts provide facilities that are well-equipped with the resources that promotes challenging curriculum for student intellectual growth (Hudley 2013;