Public Affairs Quarterly 21 (3):275-294 (2007)

Christopher Morgan-Knapp
State University of New York at Binghamton
This paper begins with a description of common grading practices at universities in the U.S., and analyzes the unfairness, injustice, and harm they produce. It then proposes a solution to these problems in the form of an alternative grading system: institutions should adopt a grading system that assesses students’ performance relative to the performance of their peers. That is, institutions should abolish the practice of attempting to assign grades that correspond to an absolute standard of intrinsic merit. Instead, our evaluation should simply communicate how the quality of a student’s work compares to the work submitted by other students in the class.
Keywords Ethics  Grading  Grade inflation
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