||While calculating all grades over a
quarter can be difficult, calculating grades by chapter/unit is
relatively simple. Students, parents, and teachers know a
student's exact score. Beginning with the very first
unit/chapter, students can see exactly where and how their
grades are high or low. Students are able to monitor their own
Teachers are not constantly asked, "What's my grade
in this class?" Everybody wins!
Note: Many schools and districts now use
online grading systems which allow parents and students to log
in and look up grades from home. However, many parents are
reluctant to embrace technology. Also, many homes lack internet
access. Paper grading sheets are not yet obsolete.
Another note: Printed grade sheets are a
useful tool at parent-teacher conferences.
"As you can see,
Sheila stumbled a bit during the first unit, failing to turn in
several assignments. But she did well on the test. For the
next unit, she completed all of her assignments and did even
better on the test."