Grades and Learning Outcomes
Grades have and continue to be the best way teachers reflect student learning. We know good grades gets you into better schools and leads to better career opportunities. However, are grades the best way to assess student learning? We misunderstand that the whole purpose of education is learning. We focus so much on students’ grade point averages that we sometimes fail to analyze whether they are mastering the material.
This testing culture has led some students to pressure to cut corners, sacrifice ethics, and take easier courses, all in an effort to achieve better grades instead of better learning. We then wonder why students refuse to actively pursue studies or careers in STEM related fields. We need to intrinsically motivate our students by praising them for their effort in learning
not for grades.