grades, students

Students Define Letter Grades

My students took some time today to discuss what the different letter grades mean to them in preparation for their determination of their own grades.  I was absolutely captivated by what they thought and to me it once again speaks clearly as to why letter grades are not the solution to reporting progress.  (Note: F’s are not attainable in my class since I have yet to meet a kid that isn’t learning something).

So an “A” means:

  • A students understands completely
  • Participates in the discussion
  • Is enthusiastic about school
  • Always gives best effort
  • Shows lots of progress
  • Understands almost everything
  • And has a great attitude 

A “B” means:

  • Understands concepts most of the time
  • Fulfills most of the things to get an A but not all
  • Has good effort but could do more
  • Shows a little bit of progress
  • Understands a lot and gives a great effort
  • And has a good attitude

A “C” means:

  • Pays little attention
  • Could try better
  • Developing as a learner
  • You are not trying your hardest
  • Could use some improvement
  • Average attitude

A “D” means:

  • Does not understand content
  • Do not show their knowledge and strengths
  • Needs to listen more to better understand
  • Only understands a little
  • Is not focused
  • Needs a lot of help
  • And works poorly by themselves

What a stigma change between “B” and “C!”  This definitely is providing me with food for thought.

2 thoughts on “Students Define Letter Grades”

  1. Very interesting. I would actually add an "F" to that as well and qualify it as "Does not do work." The vast majority of students who wind up failing my classes do so because they do not hand in work.

  2. This is interesting. Printed on our report card next to "C" is "Meets Expectations." Not typically something we think about when we see a C printed- probably because of the insane grade inflation and that students/parents expect the A! Ugh, I can't wait to revise our report card system.

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