reply to post by denynothing
There's that, and let's also assume that if a student is not so good at Math, they may also not be so good at Biology.
However, any single student could have an extra gift in math, biology or language, but be poor at the other two, either for lack of motivation or
interest or some skill set is missing from upbringing or genetics, who knows?
But, when you consider an A student in Language probably should not be getting a C in Biology or Math, unless the teaching is not on part with the
other two. This works both ways, by the way, since the student could be graded too harshly or too leniently by one or the other teachers. In other
words, if I saw the following report card:
English -- A
Biology -- A
Algebra II - C
I could either interpret the following possibilities:
1. the student is not interested in Algebra,
2. the student has some mathematical issue, like the math version of dyslexia
3. the teacher of Algebra is teaching poorly,
4. the teacher of Algebra is grading too harshly,
5. the other two teachers are evaluating their students too lightly (it's more probable for one teacher than several, though)
In my case, in my sophomore year of highschool, I had straight As in English, Spanish and Biology, but a D in geometry (go figure). To date, there
were external factors that affected my performance in that class as well as the teacher, who was rather standoffish and assigned a lot busy work.
I think making the average amount of deviation (i.e., if all the non-biology grades of the 24 students of Biology teacher X are added together and
compared with the average grade they get in Biology teacher X's class, the discrepancy would be how the teacher is evaluated).
It's seems like crappy, bureaucratic reasoning though. Because if all students were given good grades, does that mean they are all intelligent, all
the teachers are really good, or that all the teachers and/or the material is too light or evaluated to leniently to a state or national standard?
It's like getting straight As at a Research 1 university and straight As at a fourth tier, 4-year college in some random town and then going head to
head with each other for a job at a company. Who knows who is better for the job, but the recognition of a 4.0 does not hold more water than attending
a really good university and getting a 3.5 (for example).