Despite what reports in your local newspaper suggest

Despite what reports in your local newspaper suggest, scores of standardized tests are not the same as
student achievement. What’s more, the scores don’t provide very much useful information for evaluating a
student’s achievement, a teacher’s competency, or the success of a particular school or program. To make
such judgments, you need to move beyond the scores themselves and make some inferences about what
they might mean….
and basic concepts and their practical application. Learning ought to be broad but
the grading system reduces students to a need to know basis. Students go through their courses
ingesting what they think will directly influence their grades. A grading-orientation reduces the
students thinking capacity; learners become more interested in passing examinations as opposed
to understanding and applying t