Do you believe that high school grades should fit a bell curve?

<p>The average GPA today is much more inflated than it was many years ago.</p>

<p>If a D is supposed to represent a below average grade, a C is supposed to represent an average grade, a B is supposed to represent an above average grade, and an A is supposed to represent an excellent grade, then why don't high schools use the bell curve when grading?</p>

<p>It's so easy to get a high GPA. If schools worked to bring the average GPA down to a C, then wouldn't it make it easier for colleges to determine which GPAs are inflated or not?</p>

<p>So why don't high schools bell curve?</p>

<p>Because parents and students complain.</p>

<p>I don't think this would be fair, because if every class had a bell curve, then a teacher which happens to have only highly intelligent students with a firm grasp of the material would still have to hand out Cs, Ds and Fs to students who would probably have gotten A minuses under a normal scale. Last year, my Physics B class was full of extremely smart people who all easily 5d the AP test (which is supposed to be equivalent to getting an A in the college course), while the other class had a lot of people who were less smart. This probably had something to do with scheduling, but I don't know; the point is, there would be kids in that other class who would get A's even on a bell curve while they would have gotten F's if they were in our class and there was a bell curve, and vice versa.</p>

<p>Because then kids that aren't capable enough to excel in the class will, God forbid, fail <em>gasps</em>.</p>

<p>Theoretically, grades in both high school and college should represent something like this:</p>

<p>A = mastery of the material in the course
B = good knowledge of the material in the course
C = passing knowledge of the material in the course, enough to use in subsequent courses
D = barely passing, not advised to go to a course for which this course is a prerequisite
F = failure</p>

<p>A curve may not work too well in smaller classes, which may have better or worse students than the average class fairly easily. Absolute grading is theoretically the best, but instructors often have a hard time calibrating the difficulty of tests and assignments with the precision necessary to use an effective absolute scale.</p>

So why don't high schools bell curve?


<p>Because it is an outdated idea that makes no sense.</p>

<p>The goal of today's progressive high schools is to teach to a standard which if reached indicates a thorough understanding/mastery of the material. That is the point of teaching and learning a subject. Under this scenario, all students in a class can theoretically earn As. What is the point of assigning a C or D to a student who understands and has mastered all of the material being taught, just to create bell-shaped curve?</p>