The Teenage Grade Question: Is It Really All That Crucial?
High school has become more intense and competitive with each passing year, but with the push toward class sizes, lockouts, and cheerleading, grade levels aren’t exactly staying in line with student interest. As students mature and grow with their educational career, keeping them on the same level through the grades could be detrimental, requiring the teen to remain confused between good and bad grades. However, grading systems have given way to the popularity of multiple-choice tests, requiring teens to get a minimum number of correct answers to be deemed “A” students.
This way, good students don’t simply sit back and take their grades. Instead, they work hard to avoid failing, which, in turn, decreases high school frustration and could even increase student engagement and increase grades.
Where Can You Find the Answer?
Nearly 10% of students missed class for their last quarter of high school in the 2016-2017 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Between preparing for college, dealing with difficult coursework, or focusing on extracurricular activities, students are finding it difficult to balance the right amount of academic work.
Students are unable to concentrate on the correct answers and thereby wind up with “bad” grades, which can lead to grade anxiety and stress, causing students to withdraw from class. In the case of failing grades, students may feel worse about themselves and become apathetic, which ultimately encourages a decrease in student involvement.
Older Students Have a Better Understanding
Nearly 50% of high school graduates this year reported major academic concerns and 62% reported grade stress in an AP mock class this year, according to the Public Agenda. Most often, students’ study habits aren’t good and don’t include homework or the necessary amount of study. Students need more help with the study plan and ways to study without seeking help.
Teachers in general lack the knowledge, time, and space to help students finish the semester. In this way, students are often forced to complete multiple-choice tests to figure out their grades.
From the Academic Perspective
According to data from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 21% of high school seniors did not perform at the level of proficient or advanced knowledge. This makes it difficult for high school students to further their academic success as they transition into the world of college and universities.
While students are generally at their best when comparing two or more workbooks and a comparable number of questions, this is not the case when in the high school environment. Students are often unsure if they’re going to pass a test and wind up with what they deem a bad grade for the class.
Instead, teens should utilize single-question questions and go through the entire exam for each subject. Students should study on their own and complete practice problems if possible, to ensure they do not unintentionally get into trouble for missing a single question. Students can apply these practices even further by staying focused, taking notes, and cramming for the test as much as possible.
When High School Commences
After high school classes, students might end up being instructed to take a final exam. When determining their grade, they can maintain their current grade with little to no pressure and not have to worry about forgetting answers or having to pass multiple questions to be considered “A” students.
This way, students are given the freedom to focus on the final exam and the actual evaluation process and cannot lose focus on what really matters to them. Additionally, teenagers are more likely to successfully navigate their social life and maintain a good social life which boosts their grades and decreases stress. This gives students more energy to be more involved, study harder, and work on their own in school.
High School Can Be a Bummer
For most teenagers, high school is a downer. From the push toward tuition, to general stress, to exam stress, high school is a bleak place where some choose to drift away from education and student involvement. Although older students have a better understanding of the real world, they should still adhere to the academic standards.
High school grade systems don’t provide a clear path for college students to know whether they’re getting enough credits or whether they should take Advanced Placement, the common college admission test. Admissions counselors should help students work together on study plan and exam as a way to increase and maintain their overall grades.