Letter or Number?

How do you decide whether to grade an assignment using a letter grade scale (A, B, C, etc) or a numerical scale (percentage, points, etc)?

First, decide what the learning goals are for your assignment. Mastery of content, knowledge of specific concepts, articulation of degree of understanding? It’s a good idea to have some specific criteria in mind before you hand out the assignment, and to share those criteria with the students in your class. Here’s a great website about developing grading criteria: http://cft.

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