Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Personal Fitness Merit Badge
Re: Personal Fitness Merit Badge
Mon, 12 Oct 1998 11:30:30 -0400
Right numbers, wrong application, sir. That of course came from an
ambivalent statement by James Moss that "C = 50%". That, I believe, should
have been read to mean percentiles not to actual test grades. C means you
get 80% of the answers on the particular evaluation tool correct. In some
grading systems, due to the fact that such gradeable tests cannot be or are
not used, it can mean somewhat different things, but they are performance
scores, not percentiles. It does not mean you outperform 79% of the class.
Though I am not an educator, a number of teachers in a number of locales
have pointed out that 50% of a class or better should be getting at least a
C or something needs to be adjusted. Hence, a C is the 50th percentile. By
definition (on my grade school report cards) C = average. Average,
mathematically, means that my scores hover around the mean score of the
class. Or, more explicitly, if I were to take all the grades of the
students, add them up and divide that total by the number of students, a C
student should, under normal circumstances, have an actual test score that
hovered around the result of this calculation.
By popular understanding, I think it can be fairly stated that it seems to
mean, "most students should be able to get at least a 'C' in school."
BTW, where I went to school, C was 76 - 84% <grin> More ironically, while I
often got B's in English, I scored 99th percentile in that category on the
(gasp of horror by students everywhere) the CAT's. So, I suspect there is
not a direct link in the end between measured percentiles and performance
It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one
trifling exception, is composed of others.
--John Andrew Holmes
From: CzarCasm <stanleyb@CRL.COM>
>I don't know where you go to school but in the local HS's here....
>when they add up points given for tests and homework and projects....
>90% and above = A
>80% and above = B
>70% and above = C