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Hi Ken,
If only summative assessment is counting on the final grade I am wondering what your
thoughts are about how the first assessment and the retake should be graded. 1. Should
they be averaged together? 2. Should only the last assessment count? or 3. Should the
student only be allowed to score a certain % (lets say 80%)?
My son is in middle school and his teachers have told him he can only retake a test IF he
scores below 80%. Then he may only achieve an 80% no matter what he actually gets. This
seems contrary to showing the student's actual achievement.
Thanks in advance for your insight.
Michele

2010-10-06
Michele Wrzesinski
 

The
Grade
Doctor
says:

1. Should they be averaged together? 2. Should only the last assessment count? or 3.
Should the student only be allowed to score a certain % (lets say 80%)?

If reassessment is provided it should be available to all students and the score that 'counts'
should be the last assessment with no artificial limit. However, reassessment is a privilege
not a right, and the privilege should be earned by the student providing evidence of
correctives, i.e., they have done something that increases their likelihood of success.

 

 

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