Grading Scales

Obviously, E and Ingm have had a fair number of tests and quizzes in their schools by now.

There are a number of things that are quite different around test-taking.

First of all, there is a certain formality around examinations here that seems to be less in Vancouver. The very notion of a Klassenarbeit that is only administered as an exam in the main subjects (Hauptfächer) in E’s Gymnasium makes it seem more serious.

Secondly, exam results are announced routinely to the class by teachers, including comments to individuals.

Thirdly, green markings on a returned exam still mean (as they did in my days) that the principal had seen the exam. Usually, the principal sees the best, an average and the worst exam. This may be a Gymnasium-only practice.

Fourth, the whole grading scale seems to be shifted down somewhat. The girls are reporting exams frequently that only have 1 or 2 1s (best grade) and a significant number of 4s, 5s, and 6s. I don’t know if this is a deliberate attempt to incentivize excellent work. As such, I like it. But then, as my friend Dirk has pointed out, I am a “dyed-in-the-wool arch-catholic education traditionalist”, so of course I would like that sort of thing.


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