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Posting students' grades in public: for or against?

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In many academic institutions around the world, students’ grades are displayed publicly on bulletin boards. However, while some people see that making students' marks public creates positive competition, many other claim that posting grades will motivate none, but will just embarass many others and will foster resentment in those students performing poorly.


What do you think? Would posting students' marks on bulletin boards publicly motivate these students to perform better or would it humiliate them?


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  • Comment Link salimanios Wednesday, 02 August 2017 16:18 posted by salimanios

    That would be where the cons begin, perhaps just keeping it completely anonymous unless you share your results yourself would be the better idea.

    It's definitely one of those that can have its pros and cons depending how well you do - especially if you expect much higher results than you receive then when they eventually come out and you don't do as well as you wanted to then those, who know how much work you've put in and everything would know how badly it's gone wrong too. That happened in my English Language class during college, we had received our exam results and someone had done worse than expected (I think they scraped a D when they were an A grade student) and you could just tell from her negative expression and upset that she'd done bad. However, that wasn't public, so again I guess it's up to the person if they want to say or not. I was a little weird with exams and the like, I didn't get worried or stressed about them, I cared sometimes what my results were and whether they'd be announced, but I also didn't care too much if that makes sense - I would be one of those that if I did well I'd be fine - I know in geography GCSE once my teacher put our grades for a small test on the screen, I had studied and everyone else got less than their target or just scraped it whereas I got an A and it felt so good since I was predicted a D lmao, but in some cases I wouldn't want/need people knowing.

    You could also do it whereby instead of having it published by the school/college/university itself, it could be available online, the student could input their grades themselves then that way it's only there because they want it there - obviously this would need a verification method so the student couldn't lie about it etc.

  • Comment Link Canadian Wednesday, 24 May 2017 01:25 posted by Canadian

    In some universities such as the University of Waterloo, Canada, it is forbidden to leave a student’s grade in a public place. It is also noted that comments and grades should be recorded on pages hidden from view of other students. Moreover, exams and assignments should be returned only to the students who wrote them and not to other individuals, unless written permission has been given by the author.

  • Comment Link Leo Monday, 26 September 2016 23:15 posted by Leo

    Against of course,alot of students don't want their marks to be known by everyone no matter how it is,good or bad,and they have the right as long as those marks belong to them. And for some people who had a bad grade,it is not good to post it in public,it may affect on the student negatively

  • Comment Link Michelle Tuesday, 09 August 2016 22:26 posted by Michelle

    I think it is up to the students to decide whether they want their names published on their results publicly or not. After all, they are their grades and they do not really need to tell others about them. If they choose their results to be public, their name can be there, otherwise, they could just have the level or percentage they have got.

  • Comment Link Catty Thursday, 21 July 2016 22:03 posted by Catty

    I wouldn't like my results to be posted publically. Fortunately, our grades are emailed to us. I know they do that at some institutions, where students then go and take photos and post them online. This definitely makes people more and more competitive, which isn't an atmosphere I wouldn’t like to be in either. Exams are already stressful and posting marks publically would make things even more stressful.

  • Comment Link Matthew Sunday, 06 December 2015 21:16 posted by Matthew

    As most people have already said, it is nice for the students who dis well in the exam but isn't fair for those who didn't do so well. Well I guess thay they have to definitely given in private between the student and the teacher

    But even those who do well in the exam could be bullied by others
    "you're a nerd", "You're a smart ass", etc.

  • Comment Link Mike Saturday, 03 October 2015 22:41 posted by Mike

    In my point of view, I think that the results can be posted in public but instead of showing the students’ names, everyone's unique anonymous IDs should be used. I suppose this is a decent alternative as you can see if you did well/badly compare to the other students. But no other person can know your score.

  • Comment Link Inez Sunday, 23 June 2013 17:09 posted by Inez

    Though a lot of students who do well at school may be encouraged to continue with their progress, I think that making students’ grades public will in no way motivate other students to improve their grades. Posting grades will motivate a few students to learn but will certainly demotivate many.

  • Comment Link Deloras Sunday, 12 December 2010 21:10 posted by Deloras

    From my own experience as an ex-student, displaying students' marks in public has two different consequences: one is positive and the other is neagtive. Positive because all students who do will in the exam are quite sure that everyboby will know that they are the best students in the class or even at school or college. Unfortunately, students who fail will also be known by the others. Consequently, this creates some kind of competition between students. this is why students make efforts to just to get good marks but also to tell others that they are the best.

  • Comment Link marina Monday, 18 January 2010 09:13 posted by marina

    i think no because what if people don't want thier grades seen?

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