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A Law College is proposing to raise the required grade average from 5/10 to 7/10 to graduate, claiming that it's going to improve the students overall performance.

Are there any studies to support this claim?

How grading works in this case

Along with the changes of grading standards, the Law College is also going to enforce the in-class activities. Professors would then be obligated to apply middle and final tests (only finals were mandatory) along with in-class activities representing 30% of the final grade (completely optional untill then). However, professors are still going to be very autonomous when it comes to making and grading the tests.

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    Any reason not to treat the numeric values as completely arbitrary? After all, the instructor sets the test|assignment|whatever and the standards to be met to get a particular mark. I'd argue that it is the standards that matter and those are rather harder to quantify. See also the various schools and colleges which don't use "grades" per se at all. – dmckee Dec 10 '11 at 17:49
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    @dmckee and dvk: Standards do exist but are extremely subjetive to each professor. They write and apply their own tests. Some of them are clear about the standard to be met while others not so much. I edited the question description with a few more grading details. – Renan Dec 11 '11 at 16:44
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    As a professor of computer science (80-84), I can attest that students don't study unless they have to. We used weekly required homework, periodic exams, and a common final over several different classes. All grading was done on a subjective curve. Personally, I would like to see less emphasis on grading, and more on attaining specific goals. The way flight instruction is done is my model. The point is not to see how high you can achieve in a set number of weeks, but to let you take whatever number of weeks you need to achieve a set competence. – Mike Dunlavey Dec 11 '11 at 17:21
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    @Mike: I tried laying out my intro physics tests on the basis of a must, should, may list of comprehension and application goals for the students. It is a hard way to write a test, and the students screamed even when I put a C (all must goals) at 50% and a A (all must and should goals) at 80%. ::sigh:: On the other hand it did make me think about what to teach. – dmckee Dec 11 '11 at 18:29
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    @dmckee: Teaching is hard work. Even so, I liked it and would have stuck with it if my research was happening and I wasn't facing that tenure clock. None of the folks getting it were also consulting and raising a family. As far as intellectual challenges, I've found the industrial world a lot more stimulating. I bet in physics it's the other way around. – Mike Dunlavey Dec 11 '11 at 19:53

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