Plus and Minus Grading Options: Toward Accurate Student Performance Evaluations

Spring
1996
Topic: 
Grading
Committee: 
Educational Policies Committee

For at least a decade the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has urged the Board of Governors to pass regulations that would permit the use of plus/minus grading at the discretion of the local district. Primarily, for the sake of administrative convenience of reporting and receiving data, the community colleges are precluded from the practice. The fair and accurate evaluation of student performance is a fundamental responsibility of the faculty. In the interest of faculty accountability to the state, districts, colleges, and students for having met that responsibility, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urges the Board of Governors to employ the same wisdom as their colleagues in the other segments of higher education and rely upon the advice of the faculty for this academic matter. To that end, and in response to the following resolution, this paper was developed.