Re: grades

Ted Nellen (tnellen@MBHS.BERGTRAUM.K12.NY.US)
Mon, 2 Sep 1996 08:53:20 -0400

I have found this whole discussion of grades rather interesting. My own
frustration lies in the fact that grades have been generated more by a
big businesss attitude and not an educational attitude. I consider the
SAT and GRE phenomenon. The College Board seems to be dictating here not

When I hear abour Evergreen, I am happy and relieved to hear of such a
place. However, do their potential grads have to take the GRE?

When I see elementary schools issue report coards without grades but
instead with evaluations, it is the parents who rise up in protest. The
next level in education to which a child will evolve seems more
interested in grades then in the person. Grades certainly makes the
decision process easier and more efficient and less time consuming.
Portfolios in many cases are slowly replacing SAT, GRE, and secondary
education entrance exams. However, if money is to be made in evaluating
students as they prepare to enter the next level of their education then
that system will stay in place.

Now this may seem cynical, but I believe that for many years schools have
spoken about other forms of evaluation and still these archaic money
making forms of evaluation continue to exist. As soon as colleges stop
using the SAT, as soon as Grad schools stop using the GRE, as soon as
secondaryt schools stop using entrance exams then we in education can get
on with more Evergreen like evaluations in a portfolio type atmosphere.
But for entrance committees to spent time on portfolios for admission and
for places of education to rely on portfolios/webfolios to evaluate
current progress a major paradigm shift of earthquake proportion must
take place.

Oh, is that my morning coffe I mell? Time to wake up Ted and stop dreaming.


_o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/
__|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__ /\ /| |
> > / \ ( \ /o\ / ) | (\ / | < \ / \