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Our elementary schools have recently announced that they (k-5) will be implementing an 80/20 rule where 80% of the children's grade are from assessments. There are no re-assessment, no requirement as to a
minimum # of assessments, and no communication as to when an
assessment is to be held, what it will cover, or what will be
considered an assessment. Is this type of grading system appropriate
for elementary children? Some classes have only 1-2 "assessments" and
80% of the child's overall grade is based on this grade.

2013-10-14
Meagan Van
 

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Doctor
says:

Simple answer is no - moving to 80/20 and hopefully before long 100/0 is the right way to go but having no reassessment, no communication about when summative assesments will occur, and what they will cover or what will be considered an assessment should be seen as unacceptable K-16. Quality assessment requires clear communication about learning goals and the purpose of each assessment and sound design - target-method match, well written, well sampled and the avoidance of bias. Teachers should have clear assessment plans that are communicated to parents and age-appropriately to students. Please also see my answer to the previous question which is on the same issue.

 

 

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