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Martin Burrett

UKEdMag: Assessing Without Levels: …12 Months On by @musingsofmrb - 9 views

    Wind back 12 months, Year 6 SATs, in their old form, were over and we were beginning to plan for a whole new world….assessing without levels. Every discussion threw up problems and positivity about how we moved forward was severely lacking...
Alias Librarian

Google Classroom: Let's Make the Grade | Teacher Tech - 55 views

    Alice Keeler gives a step by step guide to grading in Google Classroom -- plus how to export grades to your gradebook.
Matt Renwick

Why some schools are giving letter grades a fail - The Globe and Mail - 41 views

  • Instead of reporting to parents only two or three times a year, teachers began regularly communicating using an online student portfolio system called Fresh Grade.
  • ritish education researchers Paul Black and Dylan Wiliam published a widely-cited article demonstrating how increasing descriptive feedback raises student academic achievement
    • Matt Renwick
      Inside the Black Box
  • Instead of Ms. Samson telling students how they are doing, they are expected to articulate to her what they learned in class, how it relates to their learning goals and where they’re struggling.
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  • standardized tests don’t predict later life success such as employment and income level
  • Ms. Samson is still required to give students a letter grade at the end of each semester, but the letters have taken on a whole new meaning to her and her students.
  • The move away from grades matches a growing belief among employers that traditional assessment is not the best way to help students develop the skills they need to succeed in today’s world.
Mary Glackin » The Ultimate Google Gradebook (with Individual Score Rep... - 64 views

    Use Google Drive to create a grade book, using your favorite spreadsheet grading rubric and a script contained here that will let your students see their individual grade reports via their Gmail login.
Jeremy Inscho

From Degrading to De-Grading - 105 views

    "Thus, anyone who wan"

for the love of learning: Grading without Grading - 18 views

    Joe Bower, a 6th grade teacher in Canada, shares the email and response from Alfie Kohn he sent in 2006 describing how he grades without grades.  In the comments at the bottom, many others share their approaches and struggles.
Kate Pok

Figuring Grades - 67 views

  • Always convert all grades and numbers to a system of 100. It will not only be easier for you to figure out overall grades, but it will simplify your explanations to parents and administrators if they can see your grades in terms of percents.
  • All letter grades are converted to a numerical equivalent, equi-spaced from each other, based on a 100 point system. Then they are averaged as you would with other grades. Here is a chart you can use: A++ = 100 (perfect paper with extra-credit) A+ = 98 A = 95 A- = 92 B+ = 88 B = 85 B- = 82 C+ = 78 C = 75 C- = 72 D+ = 68 D = 65 D- = 62 F = 55
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  • EXAMPLE: The student in the example received: 25, 80, 40, 95, 90. Average = 66%, Grade = D The student's grades should be converted to 50 , 80, 50 , 95, 90. Average = 73%, Grade = C, which is a better representation of grades of A, A-, B-, F, F.
Eamonn O'Brien

The Case Against Grades - 67 views

  • What matters is whether a given practice is in the best interest of students.
Steve Ransom

Revisiting Extra Credit Policies | Faculty Focus - 3 views

  • ere’s how it works. The instructor attaches a blank piece of paper to the back of every exam. Students may write on that sheet any exam questions they couldn’t answer or weren’t sure they answered correctly. Students then take this piece of paper with them and look up the correct answers. They can use any resource at their disposal short of asking the instructor. At the start of the next class session, they turn in their set of corrected answers which the instructor re-attaches to their original exam. Both sets of answers are graded. If students missed the question on the exam but answered it correctly on the attached sheet, half the credit lost for the wrong answer is recovered.
    The blank paper idea is very interesting. I don't give that many exams of this type, but if I did, I'd seriously consider this strategy.
Aly Kenee

Assessment Carnival: More Than Quizzes and Tests | Edutopia - 124 views

    Avoiding ambiguous and meaningless grades ("quiz 5") and replacing with skills-based assessment. Heavy PBL focus.
Elizabeth Huck

Roobrix - 111 views

Kate Tabor

For the Love of Learning: Detoxing students from grade-use - 65 views

    A great post about abolishing grades
Steve Ransom

Tweeting Your Way to Better Grades - US News and World Report - 0 views

  • says today's kids aren't just digital natives—they're "digital savages" and "digital cannibals." They master technology at an alarming rate, he says, and they find ways to adapt it to practices other than what was originally intended. And they cheat.
    • Steve Ransom
      There is a more defining characteristic of Prensky's flawed label!
Steve Ransom

Why Our Current Education System Is Failing - 0 views

    For most of my life (along with millions of other students) I have been taught to believe that the secret to a successful life is to get outstanding grades. Slowly over the years however, I have discovered this premise to be completely false.
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