Proficiency-Based Grading Compels Student to Hack Powerschool
Simply said, the 100-point system already provides a precise snapshot of a student’s academic achievement. Now think about proficiency grading from a scale of 0 to 4, where a student gets a score calculated based on the mode of all assignments. Students cannot simply be split into a few camps when tests and large assignments merit more than just a few points. And since when did the math world endorse a 3 out of 4 as an 88%? The one biggest flaw in the system is the mode calculation. A student can maintain a desired grade for bombing the final exam. Say someone has five 3s and four 2s on assessments at the end of the semester. If they get a 2 on the final, their overall grade would be a 2. Had they gotten a 1 or 0 on the final, their overall grade would be a 3. And for this matter, proficiency-based grading provoked a case of cheating in our school. A student ran into the exact same situation above at the end of last semester, and he changed his grades using his insane hacking skills. Unfortunately, the teacher looked at the student’s portal in finalizing grades and realized that his grade suddenly skyrocketed. The teacher has talked with the student and he is facing dire consequences: he has already flunked out of the class and needs to retake it before moving on to the next grade.
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