More self-confidence boosting grading

More self-confidence boosting grading

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Nathan H. started this petition to surreyschools and

After doing some research online, I found a letter grade definition, written by a BC teacher. I read how the marking worked, and found that it was not very confidence building. In fact, I used to think that any C basically means fail. This was completely incorrect. The fact that C+ is 'Demonstrates good performance in relation to core-competencies' is constantly bothering me because I am sure 80% of parents don't know this fact. Usually the grade is immediately rounded to the letter. '+' and '-' are almost always ignored. Usual letter grades range from A-C then an F. Therefore, C is the second lowest possible grade. It it a real self confidence and esteem killer, the reason why I want to change this.  

Currently, the assignment marks work like this:

  • A = Exceeding Expectations
  • B = Fully Meets Expectations (Very Good)
  • C+ = Fully Meets Expectations (Good)
  • C = Minimally Meets Expectations (Ok)
  • C- = Minimally Meets Expectations (Not very good)
  • I = Incomplete
  • F = Fail

I believe this way of marking will boost students self-esteem and self-confidence,:

  • A+ = Exceeding Expectations
  • A = Fully Meets Expectations (Very Good)
  • A- = Fully Meets Expectations (Good)
  • B = Minimally Meets Expectations (Ok)
  • C = Minimally Meets Expectations (Not very good)
  • I = Incomplete
  • F = Fail

and even better, the more good marks a student gets, the more they will enjoy school. The chance of success will be higher if a student doesn't just give up because they got a C. This way will also increase the percentage of students getting high marks, which means more eager to learn students instead of a bunch of students that don't like school because of their grades.

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