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Assigning Grades:

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Anna Maternick

on 16 February 2016

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Transcript of Assigning Grades:

What makes up a valuable grade?
To curve or not to curve?

Criterion Referenced grading
AKA:"Absolute standard"

Versus

Norm Referenced grading
AKA: "Curve"

Reliability
Do Grades Matter?
Validity?
Assigning Grades:
Key Elements and Critical Questions

Validity
Are you measuring what
you think you are
measuring?

Reliability
Are you
systematic
and
consistent
with grade application?

Know what you want to measure
Are you looking for mastery of knowledge, skill development, application of knowledge to real life, creativity, etc.?
Think about what do you want your students to get out of this assignment/class.

Is the method (assignment type) an
appropriate
to
match
your outcome (assesment)?
Consistency
:
grading strategy, across students, across graders
through
standardization
(rubric)

Communication
:
with students about how you will be grading




Discussion Questions:

What strategies may be useful in ensuring maintainance of consistency while grading assignments?

Specifically, what strategies could you use to bracket, check, acknowledge, or examine your bias while grading?




Discussion Question:

Beyond fiscal, social and employment impacts,
what are some potential psychosocial impacts
of grading on students?

Discussion Questions:

The authors state that “grading on a curve is educationally dysfunctional”. Do you agree, or are there occasions when grading on a curve may be functional?

What assumptions are implied about the learning process, when “absolute standards” are stressed over “relative standards”?





Discussion Question:

What are some societal and cultural pressures which could impact whether or not a student exhibits “non-grade conscious” traits over “performance oriented” traits? and vice versa?
Motivation
Internal: "non-grade conscious"
External: "performance oriented"
It is possible to “
help students
put grades aside and
focus on learning
"... when
"they can
trust

you
to help them accomplish as much as they can”
"Decision making tool"
Future prediction
of success
Grades have real life
consequences

Measure
of what students have learned
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