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October 15, 2002

Average Grades Up in Tokyo

The Tokyo metropolitan government has announced test figures based on the recently introduced absolute grading system. The system grades all students based on a national standard rather than the previous system which used class averages. Under the old system, grades from 1-5 were assigned with a fixed percentage of students receiving each grade. Following the change, the number of students receiving the higher grades (5 and 4) has increased, with a fall in the number of those getting a 2 or a 1. There are variations of course, with seven schools having over 50% of grade 5's and two still allocating grades by the old percentages.

Old system

 

New system

5

4

3

2

1

 

5

4

3

2

1

7%

24%

38%

24%

7%

 

9.7%

25.2

41.8%

17.5%

5.8%

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