What is the Cost of Silence: Examining the Drawbacks of the In-class Participation Grading Method in American K-12 Schools
Author : Ricky Zhou
Northfield Mount Hermon School, Gill, MA, U.S.A.
The in-class participation grading method measures a student’s quantitative engagement in classes. The participation grade is often combined with other gradings and makes up the Grade Point Average Numerous flaws exist within the grading system. While it is used worldwide, only the schools in the United States will be considered in this paper. The essay examines and discusses the drawbacks of the method and provides plausible alternatives.