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Our district is discussing whether or not to create a retest policy
and whether it should be available to all students or just to students
that have failed the unit assessment. Can you point me toward some
studies that show the benefits of retesting? I believe it makes
logical sense that retesting is beneficial but anecdotal examples will
not suffice at this point. Some of our stakeholders are skeptical
about retesting and think this would lead to "grade inflation." It
would really help to have data that says a retesting policy has been
proven to impact long-range academic performance, etc. Thanks for any
help you can provide.

2015-08-21
Abby Stotsenberg
 

The
Grade
Doctor
says:

I can't point you to specific studies but you might find references in the work of Rick
Wormeli and Tom Guskey who have both written extensively about reassessment.
Providing retesting to all after correctives does NOT lead to grade inflation, it leads to an
understanding that school is about learning and that when students learn is less
important than that they learn.

 

 

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