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My sons' middle school has just changed their grading policy to 80% of grade is the average of
tests and quizzes, and 20% of the grade is the average of the daily work grade. My 6th grader
has a B in English, and my 8th grader has a B in algebra. The both have high scores for daily
work (95/98%), but they both scored a C on one of their quizzes and can't recover. This
grading policy seems to emphasize quiz/tests, but lacks an importance on daily work. What
do you think about this grading system?

2014-10-10
Beth
 

The
Grade
Doctor
says:

Daily work is learning/practice and has no place in grades. Grades should come 100% from
summative assessments (tests, projects, performance assessments, oral
interviews/exams). This also means that in the most common use of quizzes - checking
how things are going along the way - also have no place in grades. Students should always
be able to "recover" from low grades, either by the same concepts/skills being assessed
later or a retest and the new evidence replacing the old evidence. I wish you were more
concerned about the learning reasons (strengths/areas for improvement) and next steps)
for their C quiz grades than their overall grade. And by the way there is nothing wrong with
a B.

 

 

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