Which of these words have more value, and are of a higher achievement? Outstanding, Exemplary, Excellent, Beyond outcomes/standard.Rank them. Please try not to say that they're all the same in...

Which of these words have more value, and are of a higher achievement? Outstanding, Exemplary, Excellent, Beyond outcomes/standard.

Rank them. Please try not to say that they're all the same in value. Some schools (like mine) rank them, i.e -

1 - Exemplary

2 - Oustanding

3 - Excellent

4 - Very High

5 - High

6 - Substantial

7 - Satisfactory

8 - Developing

9 - Elementary

10 - Non-attempt

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Obviously, you might find that people will have different answers to this question depending on their own perceptions of these words. Looking at the list suggests that some of these words are synonyms, so although you don't want me to say this, they can be used interchangably without any difference. If I had to rank them in order of value, starting off with the least first, my list would probably look like this:

Excellent

Outstanding

Beyond Outcomes/ Standard

Exemplary

I think this question does raise a very interesting issue however in terms of the kinds of words that teachers use whilst grading work, and the actual meaning. To be honest, I think we need to go into more depth than simply writing a word such as "excellent" on a student's essay. Why is it excellent? What qualities make it excellent, and how could it be improved? Marking should help students know what they have done right and how to improve their performance. The use of such words as these, by themselves, do not actually help students do this in any way.

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