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Everyday Education: Current Grading System Deserves Grade Of E


Last updated 4/14/2020 at 10:06am

Grades are one of the most common things that come to mind when we think about education, but they are a relatively new part of school.

The President of Yale, Ezra Stiles, began using the four-point scale we so commonly see today in 1785, and some people consider this to be the first real attempt at standardizing grading practices. His approach consisted of four categories that were associated with numbers 1-4: pejores (worse); inferiores boni (less good); secondi optimi (second best); optimi (best).

Grades were not standardized into the familiar 100-point scale until more than a century...

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