Title of Presentation
Date of Presentation
Name of Conference
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
Date of Conference
Location of Conference
Panama City, Panama
Modern Languages and Literatures
We’ve all heard the phrase “an A for effort,” but what exactly does that mean? What effect do effort-based grades such as participation and pass/fail homework have on students’ final grades? I argue that many instructors inadvertently inflate students’ final grades through the grading scale set forth in the course syllabus. The higher the ratio of effort-based grades with respect to performance-based grades, the more inflated students’ final grades become. Furthermore, effort-based grades have the biggest impact on students with the lowest performance-based grades.
Orf, Amy S., "Do the Math! Grading Scales and Grade Inflation" (2014). Conference Presentations. Paper 143.