Grades should be more than tests

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Grades should be more than tests

Konstantina Mason, Staff Reporter

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Grades are plummeting. Teachers are basing entire grades off of one test or quiz. I believe that teachers should be enter more assignments that are not worth as many points, so grades are not dependent upon one big assignment.

For example, in my Biology class our entire grade is based off of three homework quizzes and one big test. If a student did not do well on any of these assignments, then their entire grade will be negatively affected. If teachers started the semester with assignments worth less points, students would be able to build up a solid grade.

In Ryan Worthen’s statistics class students are required to do their homework every night even though he does not check it as often. This is unfair for people who actually do their homework every night, but do not get any credit for completing the work they were assigned. Students in these types of classes do not get a cushion of homework assignments, allowing one bad test grade to destroy a semester’s worth of hard work.

Even though teachers and students will have more work, it allows students to have a fairer opportunity for all the work that they put into their classes. Students that are not as good of test takers really depend on the cushion of the homework/classwork assignments to help them maintain a passing grade.

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