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What if a teacher uses only the most recent grade as a student's grade? Even if that grade is an outlier? For example, a student gets all 4's and is proficient, but has a bad test and gets a 2. If that is the last test of the term, this teacher will give the student a 2. Is this how the system is supposed to work?

Thank You

2011-06-02
Mary
 

The
Grade
Doctor
says:

That is absolutely not how the 'system' is supposed to work. When there are outliers we have
take one of two actions - ignore the outlier or get another piece of assessment evidence.

 

Mary's
Comment

2011-06-02

The teacher is trying to implement standards based grading and says . that the research
they are currently reading posits the best measure of the studentís achievement is the
most recent assessment. He states that OíConnor also offers the average grade is not the
most accurate measure of achievement. He has now informed his students the most
accurate measure of attaining mastery is their most recent assessment.

What do you think?


The Grade Doctor's
Comment

2011-06-06

The average is fine if a student is consistent in their level of achievement but most learning is cumulative and developmental and when that is the case the MORE recent evidence is the best evidence of a student's level of achievement.


Dale Skoreyko's
Comment

2011-09-13

In our high school the teachers look for the most recent, consistent levels of performance.
Outlier data is recorded but (essentially) ignored until further evidence suggests that it is
the new, consistent performance level. O'Connor recommends 'grading in pencil' so that
the teacher, using her professional judgment, can make the appropriate adjustments when
reporting achievement.


The Grade Doctor's
Comment

2011-09-14

Thanks Dale. It sounds like you have exactly the right approach in your school.

 

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