Pros and cons of the point rating system

A five, a four, a three, or “bad” are grades that are clear from school. It would seem what else is needed for an objective assessment of a student’s knowledge. What about 88, 74 or 67 points? Let’s try to figure it out.

The knowledge and skills of learners can be measured by different systems. One of them is point-rating.

Most residents of the post-Soviet space, former schoolchildren, are accustomed to a five-point scale. We immediately understand that:

  • 5 – “excellent”;
  • 4 – “good”;
  • 3 – “satisfactory” (well, at least not 2, this avoids a retake);
  • 2 or 1 is when you don’t know anything at all.

For clarification, some teachers add + or – to the mark. Very comfortably!

And when behavior is also to be assessed, a double assessment can be put in a journal or diary. For example, 5/2, where five is a real indicator of the level of knowledge, for example, for an essay, and two is a signal that the student is rude or distracted in the lesson.

In Western countries, the so-called. Bolognese assessment system – point-rating, 100-point. In recent years, it has been actively implemented in our country.

It was from her that the division into bachelors and masters began. But the score for the points has not yet taken root to the end.

Although some top universities (Higher School of Economics, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Moscow University of Finance and Law, Moscow State Pedagogical University, etc.) already have a rating system.

As, probably, with any phenomenon, in the point-rating system one can find both pros and cons.

Let’s start with the merits:

  • It is assumed that the rating system reflects the various aspects of training fairly accurately. With traditional students, the student may not attend classes, the whole semester “beat the thumbs”, but come to the exam, answer brilliantly and get an A.
  • Well, simply because he himself is such a genius, either he learned this one single question, or carried a cheat sheet with him. With BRS, this trick will not work. The student needs to show himself with dignity throughout the year.
  • Accordingly, this approach always maintains high motivation among the guys. Didn’t work out to earn a point today? The moment has not been missed. You can try tomorrow.
  • Holders of the highest scores (exactly how many – each university sets independently, on average from 90 to 100) have the right to apply for preferences:
    • reduction in tuition fees;
    • trips to private prestigious events, foreign internships, etc.

On a five-point scale, identifying the most worthy is much more difficult.

  • The questions of excellent and poor students immediately disappear: Why was Ivanov / Petrov / Sidorov given the same grade as me? He didn’t do anything!

And now the disadvantages:

  • Students with a rating system of assessments may increase the level of stress, dissatisfaction with oneself. Not everyone succeeds in reaching 100 points. Many perfectionists will take even 90 and up as a compromise. In the past, they would have been excellent or good. With a point-rating system, they risk feeling like failures.
  • The evaluation criteria are still subjective. It is impossible, after all, to prescribe clear instructions for teachers, in what cases and how to assess students with point accuracy. It means that it just doesn’t work out all the same.

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