The Observer

Should MCPS implement the “pass/fail” grading system for semester 2?

The MCPS board of education will be holding a meeting May 12 to decide on the marking period 2 grading system.

By Ella Kaminsky, Features Editor

May 11, 2020

Eight weeks ago, life for everyone in the United States took a turn for the absolute worst. As the Coronavirus continues to sweep the globe, not only is it severely affecting many people’s health, but each and everyone’s everyday lives have been altered. From being quarantined in our houses and n...

MCPS students harmed by lack of final exams

MCPS students have enjoyed the luxury of not having final exams, but that may actually be hurting them in the long run.

By Jasper Bernstein, Assistant Observations Editor

May 8, 2019

Although a lack of final exams may make WCHS students happy in the short-term, exams are a very important part of college. Without exams, students are not being prepared for the intensive rigors of college. In college, “Finals Week” is a series of exams that is traditionally administered after ...

New Grade Report Asterix

Asterixs are used for clarification and will not be seen by colleges.

By Jenna Greenzaid, Circulation Manager

January 23, 2017

As per the new grade system, students who receive an A first quarter and a B second quarter will receive an A on their transcript for the semester. Previously, the final exam grade students received determined if their grade rose or fell. A new concern arose because of an asterisk that’s seen on...

Weighted grades do more harm than good

By Arielle Gordon, Contest Manager

October 27, 2014

"I HAVE to do well on this next math test! It is 70 percent of my grade!" This is not an uncommon statement to hear in CHS hallways. Weighted grades are beginning to take over the CHS gradebooks, with summative assessments taking the most weight. Many departments at CHS weigh summative assignments ...

Middle school grades should not make transcript

By Online Opinions Editor, Emilie Plesset

October 26, 2011

 When in middle school, students are strongly encouraged to take certain classes, like world languages, that appear on a high school transcript. Some middle school students, however, have yet to recognize the importance of academics. Many are still learning vital studying techniques and have not yet...

Putting on the pressure, ‘Tiger moms’ are on the prowl

By By Zoe Forster Staff Writer

March 1, 2011

Many students may wonder why their Asian American classmates continuously excel in school, score the highest test grades and attend prestigious universities. According to Amy Chua, a professor at Yale Law School and the author of a new controversial book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, the source of...

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