Petition for Ms. Linton to raise grades

Petition for Ms. Linton to raise grades

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One of the greatest challenges is having a suitable metric to accurately reflect a student's performance in objectively graded classes, especially in math. Teachers will often attempt to mitigate cheating by implementing extreme time restrictions, increasing the difficulty of the tested material, or a combination of both. This system is ineffective because it will result in an inaccurate reflection of a student's performance in the class, and more importantly, is completely unfair for the average student who only wishes to learn and succeed without cheating.
For instance, a teacher might choose to enforce severe time restrictions on a test in order to eliminate the possibility of cheating. While this is understandable, like mentioned above, this is an unfair and inaccurate measurement of performance. Those who receive high grades on these types of assessments will most likely both excel at the subject and think at least somewhat faster than their peers. There could be many other students who genuinely understand the material, but score lower just because they may not be used to this unprecedented time pressure.
While time constraints are sometimes necessary, the restrictions imposed on students to prevent cheating is usually over the reasonable amount. Besides, some teachers prefer their students to submit a photo of their test/work, which only adds onto the pressure. In short, these types of tests and quizzes measure, for the most part, the wrong things. Their target audience is composed of students who are not only at the upper echelons of their class, but also those who are able to function well under severe pressure. In my opinion, unless a student takes an abnormally long amount of time to finish an assessment, the time it takes to finish does not reflect proficiency in the material. Speaking from personal experience, if I had 10, or maybe just 5, extra minutes on a quiz, I would have done substantially better. This is because I could have time to not only check, but finish problems. Most of the time, I find myself either making a plethora of careless errors, or simply not having enough time to finish a problem or two.

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