There are different purposes for grades. The grades help teachers to be better prepared and know exactly what they need to benefit students and establish individualized benchmarks for them. For the society grades help determine the weaknesses and strengths of each student to provide appropriate resources to master the core content. This leads to different types of grading systems which are standard based grading and traditional based grading. Personally, I prefer of having one grading system from elementary to high school into colleges or universities.
The standard based grading is designed to see how much the student has achieved at a specific grade level. Standard based grading allows teachers to see what they succeeded on and if they should reteach something a student doesn't understand. Standard based grading shows you the details of the things they are learning.
Traditional based grading is used to see how students did on a certain quiz, work, and test. Traditional based grading only shows that the student is doing well. Traditional grading is a simple letter grades for assessments. It is also a simple overall grade for student based on a combination or related and unrelated assessments.
In my opinion of the current grading system is that the system is very easy to understand. It lets you see what grade you got on a test, quiz, or project like a 69 or a 93. The scale is simple enough because you get the grade out of 100%. Helps you see how you can do better next time.
I understood the two different grading systems after the first part of my algebra benchmark. Another example is that the traditional grading system lets you see what you really did wrong. Some of the students get extra credit, but the others who don't because they did not do extra credit work gets left out for a higher grade. If a student brings their assignment late they have points taken off their project grade. Students who bring their assignment on time gets full credit however the other students did a great job, but turned in late.
Both the grading systems tell you about the students’ knowledge, skills, and achievement. We are currently following the combination of both grading systems because tests like the NJASK is graded based on standard based grading. However, other school assessments like tests, homework, quizzes and benchmarks are graded using traditional based grading. This combination of both grading system does not help student master the core content.