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Grading on a Curve

What is grading on a curve?

Grading on a curve is when the grades of students are not compared with one another, but rather against an expected grade. For example, if you have 10 students in your class and they all did better than average or above-average work for their level of education, then everyone would get an A.

Grading on a curve system rewards those who do well but does not punish those who perform poorly; it also ensures that all students have equal opportunity for success by allowing them room to grow as learners without fear of being held back academically due to poor performance early on in their education or coursework.

The intent of grading on a curve is usually to motivate students who would otherwise be at risk for receiving poor marks because they have performed below average compared with other members of their group.

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