When talking to teachers and students you will find that there are good and bad things about grading on a curve. Here's a recent discussion about grading on a curve.
Some teachers put all their students together and grade on a curve that way. Others divide them up by class and create the curve that way.
- It's realistic: we're constantly measured up against other people.
- It factors in the difficultly of the course: you can do poorly and get a good grade.
- It creates a level playing field.
- Grades are distributed evenly.
- Only a certain number of people can get As even if everyone does well.
- People are competing against their classmates.
- The standards of the course may not be meet.
- Scores are inflated: people don't deserve the high grades they get.
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