Terms, facts, and questions to help tell the story of ungrading
I remain confused about the new attention to this practice. A handful of small “alternative” colleges have never had grades of any sort, just feedback and narrative evaluations of overall student-ing at end of term. Why do mainstream media act like this is a new invention? Maybe pay attention to the colleges that have never had grades or marks (and those inequities, honor societies, etc) and move to revolt against grades everywhere. Really, with rampant grade inflation, why are we using grades anywhere?
Great and helpful post but it confirms my belief that it should be called "Unscoring" or "Unmarking" because in most cases teachers have to provide a single subject "grade." The double meaning of "grade" is problematic because people think it is about eliminating grades. We need to use mark or score with a single meaning and grade with a single meaning (the summary symbol determined for achievement in a course or on a standard).