Considering assessment strategies post-pandemic: Opinion

In a recent article for The Conversation, Louis Volante (Brock University), Don A Klinger (University of Waikato), and Corrie Rebecca Klinger (UWaikato) discuss the challenges with assessing the grades that high school students received during the pandemic. The authors argue that though high schools are gradually returning to “normal,” students have been affected by the changes and inconsistencies in policies throughout the pandemic and are concerned about their admission to postsecondary studies. The authors argue that pre-pandemic graduation rates were below 75% at Canadian universities, showing that reliance on high school grades is not a “foolproof” admissions method. The authors say that the changes brought on by COVID-19, such as pass/fail grading systems, could create an opportunity to revise grading and reporting processes in the education system. The Conversation Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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