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Copy of Standards-Based Grading Overview

Show to students on the first day of class as an introduction to my grading policy.
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Lois Burke

on 20 August 2014

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Transcript of Copy of Standards-Based Grading Overview

I HATE GRADES
Why?
Let's say you get an 82%
on a math test.
What does that tell you?
That you know what to do 82% of the time?
Maybe, maybe not.
Does Quiz 3 - 82% mean anything in a month?
Does it feel more like a judgement than a guideline?
How much of the missing 18% was just small errors, and how much is genuine 'not knowing'?
A gradebook full of percentages
on assignments and tests is nearly
useless as a tool for measuring
your abilities in the subject!
Is there anything better?
It turns out there is.
Standards Based Grading: standards are skills and ideas essential to the course
Quizzes test individual standards, two or three at a time, every week.
You get a score from 0 to 4 and feedback on each standard; not an 82% for Quiz 3
The gradebook shows where you're good and where you need to focus your studies.
Each standard will be assessed in class at least twice.
Your final grade on that standard is your most recent score; new scores replace old scores.
Yes, that means your score can go up (or down) - no test corrections!
What if it's still low after two tries?
Practice and reassess after school.
In other words, your grade reflects what you know, NOT whether you got everything right the first time you tried.
Can you give us an example?
Aren't those just grades? How is this a better system?
First, you know what you need to know to do well. You can be self-directed.
Homework is not graded. Homework is practice - grading practice is evil.
You don't have to (or get to) be a grade grubber.
So what's the down side? What's this going to cost me?
Grades provide a lot of external motivation. How will you convince yourself to practice without them?
You have to show me you've practiced before you can reassess.
There are no extra credit assignments or bonus questions.
You have to retain what you learn; let's not waste time studying to forget - take the time to learn it well.
What about Exams? Can we 'reassess' the final?
No
What about my final grade?
Major standards average to 80% of your final grade.
Mid-term and final exams make up the other 20%.
All standard grades carry over for the whole year.
How does reassessment work?
Two days a week after school; before school or at lunch
One standard per day
Email/Google form to schedule
Reassess after second in-class assessment
Get help, then show evidence of practice.
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