Morgan Brown ‘17 – As the end of the semester approaches, grades reach finality. Some students are thrilled with their grades, celebrating the A’s lining their computer screens. However, other students stare at PowerSchool in disgust, wishing their grade could rise by one letter, or even a few percent. When students reach the point in the quarter where their midterm is the last summative of a class, reinstating Romeo’s extra credit policy would bring solace to those willing to work a little more for higher grades.
“I would use extra credit to bring my grade up from a mistake,” Kathleen Weymouth ‘18 said. “It can help kids get the few extra points they need to pass a class.”
Just one failed test can drag a grade from an A to a B, and in some cases even a C. One missed homework assignment can bring a grade down one percent. Every student makes mistakes when it comes to academics. Everyone has nights when they have no time to study, or when they completely forget an assignment. Why should the grades of a student, who is passionate, dedicated, and willing to put extra effort, drop because of one error?
“We had extra credit at my old school, and my grades were definitely better because of it,” Ashleigh Hoste ‘19 said.
After an uphill struggle in her math classes, Hoste sees extra credit as an opportunity for students to redeem themselves from failed tests.
Some teachers offer retakes to make up the lack of extra credit, but the rules of retakes vary by class and teacher. Some classes allow retakes for any test, but some offer none at all. Some teachers replace students’ previous grades with their retake grade, while some retakes only count for a certain amount.
The rules of retakes are too fuzzy to be effective; there is no guarantee that retakes will boost grades. If extra credit were allowed, as long as time, thought, and effort is put into the assignment, students can raise their grades to a letter of satisfaction.
“I have taken tests and not done as well as I wanted,” Jessica Schankin ‘16 said. “Extra credit would have been a good way to help that. There would be less stress knowing that you could make up for your scores.”
Many teenagers face pressures to improve their grades. Whether it’s parents, getting into college, or simply bottled up stress, students strive to meet high expectations. Those high expectations drive a need to do well and would provide the motivation needed to put 110% into extra credit assignments. Providing the opportunity of additional assignments would add a more positive outlook to the end of the semester, as students would not be dreading their final grades.