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Does Rank-Order Grading Improve Student Performance? Evidence from a Classroom Experiment

  • Todd L. Cherry

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    (Appalachian State University)

  • Larry V. Ellis

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    (Appalachian State University)

This paper reports results from a unique classroom experiment that explored the potential of using rank-order grading to improve student performance and learning. Findings suggest that student performance is significantly improved when facing a grading system based on student ranking (norm-reference grading) rather than performance standards (criterion-reference grading). The improved outcomes from rank-order grading largely arise among the high performers, but not at the expense of low performers. Results indicate rank-ordering may eliminate the incentive for high performing students to "stop" once they achieve a stated objective, while not diminishing the incentive for lower performing students.

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Article provided by Economics Network, University of Bristol in its journal International Review of Economics Education.

Volume (Year): 4 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 9-19

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