Spark a Conversation About Grading

The work of Dr. Douglas Reeves, “The Case Against Zero,” asserts that a five-point grading scale of 0-4 is more accurate and equitable for students because it ensures that the range of points in each grading category is equal. (When using an electronic gradebook on a zero to 100 scale, the way to achieve this is to use the following grade bands so that there is a ten-point scale for each letter grade: A = 90 to 100, B = 80 to 89, C = 70-79, D = 60-69 and F = 50=59).

The work of Reeves and others around effective grading practices is supported by the District; however, it is not a requirement. This practice still results in a normal grading curve requiring student mastery of content.

WPTV asked Reeves for his thoughts the grading scale: