Should Grading System Be Preferred over the Marking System?

Topics: Grade, Mark, Real number Pages: 2 (334 words) Published: July 3, 2013
Should grading system be preferred over the marking system?

Yes because...

There is not less precision in a system with more possible marks it is simply an illusion. In practice how many teachers could justify why they gave a mark of 64% as opposed to 63 or 65%. Different teachers would give different marks because the criteria is rarely so precise. The only time there will be such precision will be in subjects like Maths where there are a large number of questions that give a set number of marks. Any attempt to provide a more precise mark to an essay is not particularly useful.

No because...

less precision

There is not less precision in a system with more possible marks it is simply an illusion. In practice how many teachers could justify why they gave a mark of 64% as opposed to 63 or 65%. Different teachers would give different marks because the criteria is rarely so precise.

The only time there will be such precision will be in subjects like Maths where there are a large number of questions that give a set number of marks. Any attempt to provide a more precise mark to an essay is not particularly useful.

First of all it would have been useful if the person who came up with the motion defined it. What exactly is a grading system compared to a marking system, they sound pretty similar! Also what is the context, are we talking marks or grades in school, university, the work place?

My guess is that a marking system in a British context would be a mark out of a certain number (such as 81%) whereas a grade is a sliding scale (such as A). Potentially there is very little in it as a grading system could have as many grades as a marking system has marks, but most of the time marking would be more finely tuned. This then gives the student a more exact measure of where they are.