Texas Schools Plan to Alter High School Grading System

Oct 27, 2008 | Posted by: findingDulcinea_KED | Full story: www.findingdulcinea.com

In an attempt to create a standardized GPA measurement, Texas' higher education commissioner proposes to modify the weighted grading system for advanced courses.

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marm

Houston, TX

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Oct 27, 2008
 
i think this is a great idea considering how much pressure students are under from the college board, etc. but if the standards change in texas, how will it affect college applicants nationwide?
Erica

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Oct 27, 2008
 
9 times out of 10, grades are subjective. At the end of the day a person is responsible for evaluating your work. Do we really need a weighted grading system?
William

East Orange, NJ

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Oct 27, 2008
 
Its about time... the Texas system has been out of whack for the longest time. However, I do not know what this will do for the state's larger education problems.
Grace

East Orange, NJ

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Oct 27, 2008
 
marm wrote:
i think this is a great idea considering how much pressure students are under from the college board, etc. but if the standards change in texas, how will it affect college applicants nationwide?
Marm, I think that's a really fair point to make. I agree there needs to be some kind of change to the insane way students are pushed right now, but we need to be careful not to take away all levels of accountability for schools on a nationwide basis.
sandra

East Orange, NJ

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Oct 27, 2008
 
I don't think that this legislation will change anything. Kids who are motivated will be motivated no matter what, and will take harder courses to impress colleges. Kids who were not qualified in the first place, might be more motivated to succeed, however, knowing that they've got almost as good a chance to get the grades of their AP/IB peers.
Josie

East Orange, NJ

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Oct 27, 2008
 
This could be one solution to the disastrous no child left behind plan.
Harold Lichen

East Orange, NJ

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Oct 27, 2008
 
Josie wrote:
This could be one solution to the disastrous no child left behind plan.
If we put it in the hands of higher-ups, they might just turn it into a new version of No Child Left Behind
Alex

Portland, OR

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Oct 27, 2008
 
In Oregon they tried to move toward a non-graded system for a while to even things out, a portfolio-based system. No one ever followed through with it. I think that grades are so subjective it is hard to imagine that giving them different weight will make much of a difference.
jemima

East Orange, NJ

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Oct 27, 2008
 
something has to be done about subjectivity and grades, but i'm not sure if the texas plan is going in the right direction.
Colleen

Oregon City, OR

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#10
Oct 27, 2008
 
All grades are subjective, no matter what you do. That's why the full picture should be taken into account: grades plus test scores, extracurricular activities, an interview, community involvement, etc.
Simone Simonet

East Orange, NJ

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#11
Oct 27, 2008
 
Grades are subjective. However weighted grades help encourage students to take challenging courses instead of stuff like "Introduction to Food" in a bid to preserve their virgin GPAs.
Happy123

United States

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Jan 28, 2011
 
Texas should lower their grades K-12 grade scale by making it like this:

A=90-100% C=70-79% F=0-59%
B=80-89% D=60-69%
Ashley Smith

Durham, NC

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Nov 28, 2012
 
i hate wearing uniforms. my school don't reward us at all. they said we don't have a choice
eric moore

Rhinelander, WI

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Mar 8, 2013
 
i like mustard please give me musturd

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