Is Grading really necessary in the educational system?


  The traditional grading scale is universally recognized, they are easy to interpret and understand, it allows for a direct comparison from one student to another within a specific class, the traditional grading scale is easy to manipulate because it is often subjective in nature, traditionally grading scale is limited because it does not show what a student is learning or what they should be learning, it provides no explanation for why or how a student ended up with a particular grade. The traditional grading scale leads to hours of subjective grading and fosters a testing culture. While it may be simple for teachers to understand, it takes a lot of time to create and grade the assessments that drive the traditional grading system.

A grading system in education is a system that is used to assess the educational performance of a child which is entirely based upon points alone.

Types of Grading Systems

There are 7 Types of grading systems available. They are:

1.     Percentage Grading – From 0 to 100 Percent,

2.     Letter grading and variations – From A Grade to F Grade,

3.     Norm-referenced grading – Comparing students to each other usually letter grades,

4.     Mastery grading – Grading students as “masters” or “passers” when their attainment reaches a pre specified level,

5.     Pass/Fail – Using the Common Scale as Pass/Fail,

6.     Standards (or Absolute-Standards) grading – Comparing student performance to a pre-established standard (level) of performance,

7.     Narrative grading -Writing Comments about students.

 Advantages of Grading System in Education:

·        Gives the students an obvious idea about their weaknesses and strengths,

·        Makes class work easier,

·        Leads to a better rendezvous of ideas


Disadvantages of Grading System in Education:

·        It doesn’t instill a sense of competition,

·        Not an accurate representation of the performance and the knowledge gained,

·        It is not an exact scoring system,

·        Lack of incentives,






1ST MARCH 2019.