Contents 1 History 2 Differing college grading standards within the United States 3 GPA in the United States job market 4 International grading systems 4.1 GCSE 5 Grading systems by country 6 See also 7 References

History[edit] Yale University historian George W. Pierson writes: "According to tradition the first grades issued at Yale (and possibly the first in the country) were given out in the year 1785, when President Ezra Stiles, after examining 58 Seniors, recorded in his diary that there were 'Twenty Optimi, sixteen second Optimi, twelve Inferiores (Boni), ten Pejores.'"[4] Bob Marlin argues that the concept of grading students' work quantitatively was developed by a tutor named William Farish and first implemented by the University of Cambridge in 1792.[5] Hoskin's assertion has been questioned by Christopher Stray, who finds the evidence for Farish as the inventor of the numerical mark to be unpersuasive.[6] Stray's article elucidates the complex relationship between the mode of examination (testing), in this case oral or written, and the varying philosophies of education these modes imply, to both the teacher and student. As a technology, grading both shapes and reflects many fundamental areas of educational theory and practice. Over the past hundred years, various colleges, such as Evergreen State College and Hampshire College have begun to eschew grades. Ivy League university Brown University does not calculate grade-point averages, and all classes can be taken on a pass/fail basis. Additionally, several secondary schools have additionally decided to forgo grades. A notable example is Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn which was ranked by the Wall Street Journal as the number one high school in the country for having the highest percentage of graduating seniors enroll in Ivy League and several other highly selective colleges.[7]

Differing college grading standards within the United States[edit] Different colleges give different grades. Private colleges give an average GPA of 3.3 while public colleges give an average GPA of 3.0 to equally qualified students.[8] In a traditional college classroom setting, women are given higher grades than men, especially attractive women with male professors (which the vast majority of professors are).[9] When taking online courses, this disparity virtually disappears.[10]

GPA in the United States job market[edit] According to a study published in 2014, a one-point increase in high-school GPA translated to an 11.85% increase in annual earnings for men and 13.77% for women in the United States.[11] College and post-college students often wonder how much weight their GPA carries in future employment. In the various broadly defined professions as a whole, internships and work experience gained during one's time in college are easily the most important factors that employers consider. In order of importance, the remaining factors are choice of major, volunteering, choice of extracurricular activity, relevance of coursework, grade point average and the reputation of one's college. The relative importance of these factors does vary somewhat between professions, but in all of them, a graduate's GPA is relatively low on the list of factors that employers consider.[12] There is also criticism about using grades as an indicator in employment. Armstrong (2012) claimed that the relationship between grades and job performance is low and becoming lower in recent studies.[13] The grade inflation that has plagued American colleges over recent decades has also played a role in the devaluation of grades.[14]

International grading systems[edit] Most nations have individual grading systems unique to their own schools. However, several international standards for grading have arisen recently. Main article: European Baccalaureate GCSE[edit] In the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exam taken by secondary school students in England and Wales, grades generally range from 9 (highest) to 1 (lowest). However, in GCSE Science, Additional Science, Mathematics, Statistics, English Literature, English Language, and any Modern or Classical Foreign Language, there are two tiers (higher and foundation). In the higher tier, grades 9 to 4 can be achieved, while in the foundation tier, only grades 5 to 1 can be awarded.[15] Generally, a 4 or above would be considered a pass and a 3 or below would be considered a fail by most institutions: for Mathematics and English Language and English Literature, and possibly Science, this would require a resit. If an examined candidate does not score highly enough to get a grade 1, then he/she will be 'Uncredited'. This is often abbreviated to a 'U' as a final result.

Grading systems by country[edit] Main article: Grading systems by country

See also[edit] Grading on a curve Sudbury school, a school model for ages 4 through 18 with schools internationally with no grading or grade levels

References[edit] ^ Salvo Intravaia (November 7, 2009). "Il liceale con la media del 9,93 "Sono il più bravo d'Italia"". (in Italian).  ^ grade point average. (n.d.). WordNet2.0 Retrieved 3 October 2011, from website: point average ^ Warne, Russell T.; Nagaishi, Chanel; Slade, Michael K.; Hermesmeyer, Paul; Peck, Elizabeth Kimberli. "Comparing weighted and unweighted grade point averages in predicting college success of diverse and low-income college students". NASSP Bulletin. 98: 261–279. doi:10.1177/0192636514565171. Retrieved 17 February 2017.  ^ Pierson, George (1983). "C. Undergraduate Studies: Yale College". A Yale Book of Numbers. Historical Statistics of the College and University 1701 - 1976. New Haven: Yale Office of Institutional Research. p. 310.  ^ Postman, Neil (1992). Technopoly The Surrender of Culture to Technology. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 13.  ^ Christopher Stray, "From Oral to Written Examinations: Cambridge, Oxford and Dublin 1700-1914", History of Universities 20:2 (2005), 94-95. ^ April 2, 2004 Wall Street Journal, Cover Story (Personal Journal) ^ Rampell, Catherine (April 19, 2010). "Want a Higher GPA, Go to a Private College". NY Times. New York: The New York Times Company. Retrieved October 20, 2017.  ^ Lorah, Julie; Ndum, Edwin (November 2013), "Trends in Achievement Gaps in First-Year College Courses forRacial/Ethnic, Income, and Gender Subgroups: A 12-Year Study" (PDF), ACT Research Report Series  ^ Hernández-Julián, Rey; Peters, Christina (December 2015), "STUDENT APPEARANCE AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE" (PDF), Metropolitan State University of Denver  ^ Berman, Jillian (23 May 2014). "Female 'A+' Students End Up Making As Much As Male 'C' Students". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 25 May 2014.  ^ "The Role of Higher Education in Career Development: Employer Perceptions" (PDF). The Chronicle of Higher Education. December 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2015.  ^ Armstrong, J. Scott (2012). "Natural Learning in Higher Education". Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning.  ^ Katsikas, Aina (13 January 2015). "Same Performance, Better Grades". The Atlantic. Retrieved 5 November 2015. Ultimately, grade inflation has severe consequences. Not only does it make it difficult for employers to vet the caliber of an applicant, but it also misleads students, who often use their grades as benchmarks to help diagnose their strengths and weaknesses.  ^ "Pearson qualifications - Edexcel, BTEC, LCCI and EDI - Pearson qualifications".  v t e Standards-based education reform Individuals Benjamin Bloom Jerome Bruner Rheta DeVries Caleb Gattegno Constance Kamii Maria Montessori Jean Piaget William Spady Marc Tucker Lev Vygotsky Theories Active learning Block scheduling Cognitive load Constructivism Developmentally appropriate practice Discovery learning Holistic education Holistic grading Inclusion Inquiry-based learning Inventive spelling Open-space school Outcome-based education Problem-based learning Small schools movement Values Achievement gap Excellence and equity Learning standards Adequate Yearly Progress Certificate of Initial Mastery Goals 2000 National Reading Panel National Science Education Standards National Skill Standards Board No Child Left Behind Act Principles and Standards for School Mathematics Standards-based assessment Authentic assessment Criterion-referenced test Norm-referenced test High school graduation examination Standardized tests List of standardized tests in the United States Standardized testing and public policy Standardized curriculum Decodable text Direct instruction Grades Guided reading Lecture Phonics Rote learning Standard algorithms Tracking (education) Traditional education Traditional mathematics Whole language Retrieved from "" Categories: Academic transferEducation reformStudent assessment and evaluationEducational evaluation methodsHidden categories: CS1 Italian-language sources (it)Articles with limited geographic scope from December 2017Pages in non-existent country centric categoriesUse dmy dates from November 2010

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