Advantages and Cautions Associated with Grading Systems
A percent weight is assigned for each grading category.
- Students are directly aware of the emphasis placed on each grading category.
- You do not have to plan the point values necessary to achieve your desired emphasis on specific course activities.
- A "point" in one grading category is not equivalent to a "point" in another category, thus point values attached to items can be misleading.
"Weighting" still occurs, based on point values assigned to graded items. Categories may be used. The "weight" of a category is determined by the total number of points assigned to items in the category.
- The points possible assigned to a graded item notifies students of the emphasis placed on that item.
- A point in one grading category has the same value as a point in other categories.
- Students may not be aware of the grading emphasis on a category.
- Point values for each graded item must be carefully selected to ensure your desired emphasis occurs.