Two articles were published in the February 2018 issue of School Administrator (AASA) describing university admissions office perspectives on standards-based grading (SBG). The full e-edition is available online and brief summary of each article is below.
High school students experiencing SBG receive a fair shot at higher education admissions
The authors interviewed admissions folks at several Midwestern universities with the purpose of determining if high school students experiencing standards-based grading receive a fair shot in the university admissions process. Three key findings emerged.
- Letter grades and transcripts based on standards are acceptable, if not preferable, by admissions folks, with a few caveats.
- When universities receive profiles/transcripts from schools with alternative grading/reporting systems, these students receive equal consideration.
- Due to limited personnel in the admissions office, grades and standardized tests are the most trusted measures.
Buckmiller, T., & Peters, R. (2018). Getting a fair shot?. School Administrator, 75(2), 22-25. [Available online]
University admissions offices are aware of SBG and preparing to adapt, as needed.
Voices from university admissions administrators across the country share their experiences with class rank, standards-based grading, and alternative reporting measures. For example, Paul Seegert, director of admissions at the University of Washington, says he does not believe students currently applying under a standards-based are at a disadvantage in the admissions process. If/when high school transcripts change, the general consensus shared is that admissions offices will need to be better prepared. However, the “fact that college admissions offices will have to make some adjustments should not deter high schools from pursuing meaningful reforms in the way they teach and evaluate students” (p. 29).
Riede, P. (2018). Making the call inside admissions offices. School Administrator, 75(2), 26-29.