NewsDepth Inbox: Episode #25

NEWSDEPTH QUESTION OF THE WEEK:   In our survey, we asked you to choose how you would prefer your work to be graded in school. After you vote, write in and explain your choice.

Marina, Evening Street Elementary:  For this week's survey Question, I voted that I prefer the letter grades.  At my school, we use all of the options.  Different teachers use the different grading systems. For example, my homeroom teacher uses letter grades, but my math teacher uses percentages.  Both teachers sometimes put little comments on our tests.

Lauren, Chapman Elementary:  I think that grades should be teacher feedback because kids might be able to see exactly what they might be doing wrong.  Then they could change that to get a better grade.

Zoey, Harris Elementary:  I think it's a great idea to use percentages to show you your grades then it gives you a challenge to figure out what your grade is and it's a lot more fun.

Rhyana, Summit Elementary:  I think we should get handwritten notes from our teacher because it would be better to know from your teacher how you’re doing if we need help on something or are we all good on the subject.  I think number grades are better too.

Yasmine, Gilles-Sweet Elementary:  I picked a letter grade because I think that it is better than a number, comment, or percentage.  I think it is more organized.  I also think it is easier than adding up a percentage and checking my letter grade makes my happier.   

Jaron, Chagrin Falls Intermediate:  I think that it should be percentages because you would know what you got on your test, quiz, etc.  Also at my old school we used to have 1 2 3 4 grades and they were very good.

Lily, Summit Elementary:  I think they should use the letter grades.  At my school we use both percentages and letters. We get the letter grade, and then on the paper it will tell us our percentage.

Joey, Maryland Elementary:  I voted “Letter Grade” in this week’s survey question because that is how they do it at my school and I think it portrays our grades very well.  Along with the letter grades, we have comments from our teachers that go beyond our grades about our behavior, listening, etc. 

Gabrielle, Maryland Elementary:  I really liked the story about the new grading system.  If I could have my own grading system it would be, happy face for A, cool face for B, normal face for C, Confused face for D, sad face for F.

Lucinda, Heritage Elementary:  I voted for having percentage grades for a test because I like to be able to see how much room I have for improvement.  I also think they are a more accurate way to score a test. For example, if you get an A on a test, that could mean anything from 90% to 100%. 

Ashton, New Knoxville Elementary:  I voted for the 1,2,3,4 system because I think that it would show what you are doing good at and what you need to improve on.  I think it would help the kids’ parents to see what their kids are good at or need to improve on better.

Sophia, Columbus School for Girls:  I think that both letter grades and teacher feedback are effective. I think that teacher feedback and comments are a little bit more effective because it helps you understand better what you did wrong. I think letter grades are effective in the way that it shows you what you got right and what you got wrong. That way if you didn't understand something and you got it wrong you might either ask a friend or a teacher to help you understand it better in person.

Peyton, Dodge Intermediate:  I think they should grade report cards using the letter method.  They should use the letter method because it is the easiest.  Almost everybody knows the letter method.  Everybody knows the alphabet so it would be easy for little kids to understand what they got on the report card.  Also, numbers could be confusing because some people could think 1 is good and 4 is bad.

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