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Ken,

Why do school districts/school boards/administrators allow teachers to have such a wide variety of grading philosophies (different grading breakdowns, policies on HW, etc.)? Don't they know that this causes large achievement gaps, grade inflation and a host of other problems? How can we accurately assess student learning if everyone is using a different methodology?

When I suggested that my administrators try to create a uniform grading philosophy and policy for all teachers in our middle school, they had no interest. Yet, these are smart, educated and well-read people. What is happening?

2012-07-26
Ron Z.
 

The
Grade
Doctor
says:

My take is that it is because grading has traditionally been a very private activity and the
administrators are not willing to challenge tradition. But you are right they should - in
standards-based systems grading must be a shared practice with agreed upon purpose,
principles and guidelines. Anything else is professional misconduct and is unfair for students.

 

 

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