Will Eliminating the “F” Eliminate Bad School Design?

By Julia Freeland Fisher
September 23, 2016

In this article, Julia Freeland Fisher, Director of education research at the Clayton Christensen Institute discusses the possible effects of eliminating the “F” from grading systems, and what that means for competency-based learning strategies. She notes that while the dreaded “F” is going out of vogue in schools, educators must consider whether students in turn are less likely to fail. She notes the answer depends on how failure is measured, if not by letter grades. This article explores the idea that eliminating bad grades does not minimize the reality that, in our current system, some students may not master a semester’s worth of algebra or social studies in the time allotted. Educators at all levels may be interested in this thought provoking article.

Source Organization: Clayton Christensen Institute

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