Thursday, February 7, 2013

Cumulative grading system to prepare students for college

Danielle Vealey
  In the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year there was a new grading system implemented. There are various opinions among Ripley High’s staff and students feelings on the change.
   Prior to each six weeks, grades for the students ended and they each got equal weight on report cards. Rather than the “snap-shot” of our grade that we get now, it was an actual grade that went on your transcript to be averaged together for your semester grade. What was different then was the two grades for your year were averaged together to make a final grade.
   Now the “report cards” that go home the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th six-weeks are just your grades at that point in time. This gives you more time to bring your grade up if it is bad by the end of the semester. We are also normally required to take a semester exam. The semester exam is 20 percent of your whole grade. At the end of the year unlike the previous grading system you finish with two grades on your transcript rather than one. So, in a way, it gives students a chance to redeem themselves with two grades so a whole year of curriculum will not have to be repeated if one semester is failed.
   The new grading system is considered to be helpful to prepare high school students for college. It’s up to you whether you agree with that or not.

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