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Hi - I'm a high school teacher and our school is looking at moving to standards based
grading. We had a discussion in our school improvement the other day about grading down
for late work. While we think this is an important "life skill" we want the grade to reflect
knowledge, not work habit. However, we want to somehow create a "category" in our
grading where we can easily do this. Do you have any suggestions on how other high
schools have handled this? Again, we don't want the late work to affect the grade, but want
it to somehow be reported on the report card. Thanks!

2013-05-17
Karen Peterson
 

The
Grade
Doctor
says:

There are three problems with penalties for late work - they distort achievement, they distort
motivation, and for the most part they don't work because they don't change behavior. You
need an expanded format report card where the grade is for achievement only and you report
separately on several life skills/behaviors that the school/community values.

 

 

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