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This year our school has moved to a grading system where 50% of the grade is Achievement (exit slips, projects, lab reports, formative assessments, quizzes, unit tests, and in-class/homework standards-based assignments) and 50% of the grade is Involvement (homework, notebook, binder, folder, formative assessments, class work, class participation/effort, current events, and Compass lab). The issue which arose this past grading period is that teachers are using points value for assignments, but are not keeping the points equal for achievement/involvement, so ultimately one category may have substantially higher weighted value than the other category. For example 14 assignments, 964 point value for Achievement; 6 assignments, 190 point value for Involvement. So, if a student turns in an assignment late and receives a zero the overall effect on the grade is substantial. What are your thoughts on this grading methodology?

2011-10-26
Mother of 5
 

The
Grade
Doctor
says:

Grades should come from achievement only. "Involvement" should be reported separately.
Achievement should not include exit slips, formative assessments, quizzes, most lab reports
or homework. Your school needs to take a hard look at the guidelines suggested by people
like Wormeli, Cooper, Guskey, Stiggins, McTighe and Tomlinson.

 

Mother of 5's
Comment

2011-10-27

Thank you so very much for your response! The communication stated " The author, Ken
O'Connor, has presented many important aspects about grading and communication of
grading. His book, How to Grade for Learning, is the foundational text used for our
changes." Evidently there is some incorrect interpretation of your recommendations
happening. I sincerely appreciate your thoughts!


The Grade Doctor's
Comment

2011-10-27

Very serious misinterpretation. The school needs to take a hard look at guidelines 3 and 4.

 

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