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My second grader got a 70 percent on his math test. When he brought it home I realized that he had skipped a page and did not answer the questions that were marked wrong on the test. When I talked to the teacher she said it was the second grade team's policy to hold the students accountable for skipping a section on the test. It is PSSA (penn stage assessment) prep. Even though the PSSA doesn't even begin until the end of grade 3. Am I crazy to think this policy is harsh for second grade. What are they actually grading anyway? The students' math knowledge? I don't think so.

2014-01-27
julie howe
 

The
Grade
Doctor
says:

You certainly are not crazy and your question about "what are they grading anyway" is
exactly the right question. You are right that all that is being assessed should be the
student's math knowledge so that all involved know the students strengths and areas for
improvement and determine appropriate next steps. It sounds to me that these teachers
need some lessons on assessment literacy and sound grading practices.

 

 

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