Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Frank L. Steeves

Second Advisor

Roman A. Bemert


The purpose of this study is to determine whether non-curricular elements do, in fact, play an important role in evaluation. We must ask ourselves, "Is the grade valid enough to base some sort of judgment?"

This study also attempts to determine whether the grade received is more than an evaluation of work performed or material achieved. Does it take on added significance as a disciplinary weapon or as a value which determines college entrance? If these factors are instrumental in altering the value of the grade received and are motivating forces which increase t he output of the student, then the whole concept of grading best be carefully scrutinized and appropriate study be conducted to make our grading system more realistic and valid.

This study, with the aid of its supporting questionnaire, attempts to show that grading is in need of a long hard look, accompanied by strong remedial recommendations- -recommendations which have enough credence to be adopted be a vast majority of educators.

It is not the purpose of this study to show how to remedy the problem of grading, but merely to point out some of the factors which have entered into grading today.