ACADEMIC GRADES OF STUDENTS IN THE NAVAL SCHOOL OF PRE-FLIGHT.
RICHARDSON BELLOWS HENRY AND CO INC NEW YORK
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An experiment was designed to determine the extent and effect of the malfunctioning of the grading system used by the Naval School of Pre-Flight. Inspection of the grades assigned to eight classes revealed substantial differences in average quiz grades in different subjects, average examination grades in different subjects, and in average grades in the same subjects when different examinations were used. The nature of these differences were such that they could not be accounted for by postulating differences in the general ability levels of different classes. The final grades of five classes as now recorded were recomputed, using a different grading procedure based on standard scores. The rank order attained by the students of these five classes under the two grading systems was compared. Marked differences in ranks were disclosed. A statistical test was applied in order to determine which of these rankings was more nearly correct. The standard score method of grading was indicated to be the better system. An ATI changing the method of handling student grades in Pre-Flight school is suggested as an appropriate method of implementing these findings. Author
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