What would be the benefits of changing the grading system of A-F to 4-1? The idea is that there are learning objectives that students must meet by the end of the year. The example in this article uses students learning the periodic table in science. Towards the beginning of the year we can expect most if not all of the students to be receiving 1’s and 2’s, which means they are still developing. The goal is to be proficient (4) by the end of the year.
I don’t believe this is an effective way to gauge how students are progressing. It would take longer to identify struggling students. For example, it would take half a school year to realize that a student who should be at 2 or 3 is still only at 1 on the progression scale. With the achievement gaps not getting any smaller, this grading system would add to the problem. What do you think are some pros and cons from this grading system?