Additive Grading Systems

Interesting grading concept….

Imagine a classroom where students operated under an additive system of point earning rather than a subtractive system of losing points. Students would be taught basic skills and then be encouraged to figure out their own ways of problem solving. Students would work at their own pace and only progress when they mastered each objective.

Students start with 0 points, but can earn the points necessary to achieve an A by completing each assignment. The key there is the word “earn”. Instead of having to protect their grade of 100% and losing points with each assignment like most traditional classrooms, students have to work hard to earn each point to achieve a higher grade. If students “fail”, i.e. they do not get as many points on an assignment as they were hoping, they are encouraged to resubmit the assignment or do extra work until they achieve their desired grade.


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