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Response: 'The Grading System We Need to Have'

Response: 'The Grading System We Need to Have' | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Larry Ferlazzo and Rick Wormeli explore the question of what grades should do for students and teachers.

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Turnitin - New Grading Forms in Turnitin

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Turnitin’s new Grading Forms are simple rubrics that allow an instructor to give free-form feedback and scores for students broken out across a list of criteria.
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Educational Leadership:Informative Assessment:The Best Value in Formative Assessment

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by Stephen Chappuis and Jan Chappuis


"Ready-made benchmark tests cannot substitute for day-to-day formative assessment conducted by assessment-literate teachers.


Definitions of formative assessment abound, resulting in multiple and sometimes conflicting understandings. And in part because of these varying definitions and views, practices labeled as formative assessment in schools today vary widely."

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Courageous Conversation: Formative Assessment and Grading

"With all the education action around Standards-Based Instruction,Understanding By Design, Assessment for Learning, Grading for Learning,Project-Based Learning, Competency-Based Instruction and more, we need to have a frank conversation about formative assessment and grading. This may be a difficult conversation to have."

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Types of Feedback and Their Purposes

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This ASCD book review/highlight features excerpts from Chapter 2 of Susan M. Brookhart's book, "How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students." The chapter is titled "Types of Feedback and Their Purposes," and includes specific examples of good, well-timed feedback on assessments.

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Our View: Public school rankings don't make the grade | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Our View: Public school rankings don't make the grade | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The initiative stigmatizes lower-scoring schools but gives them few resources to fix what's wrong.
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Are ePortfolios Still Relevant for Today's Students

Are ePortfolios Still Relevant for Today's Students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

EmergingEdTech blogger Elyse Hartman writes that we don't hear about ePortfolios as much as we used to because they've become standard practice.

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From Grading to Helping Students: A Mind Hack - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

From Grading to Helping Students: A Mind Hack - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Suggestions about how to make grading less painful. Not pain-free, but still.
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State High School Exit Exams: A Policy in Transition, by Shelby McIntosh at the Center on Education Policy

State High School Exit Exams: A Policy in Transition, by Shelby McIntosh at the Center on Education Policy | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"CEP’s 11th annual report on state high school exit exams finds that states are embracing higher standards on their exit exams, which means schools and students will feel the impact. The report, based on data collected from state education department personnel in 45 states, discusses the present status of state exit exam policies, the future of these policies as states implement the Common Core State Standards and common assessments, and lessons that can be learned from states’ past experiences with implementing new exit exam policies." 

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Cluster of new exams proposed for all high schoolers

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Wisconsin is considering replacing their high school assessment tests with ACT tests.  The state would pay for students to take the ACT college admissions test junior year, the pre-ACT sophomore year, and a career skills test freshman year.

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The homework trap and what to do about it - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

The homework trap and what to do about it - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

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The key misconception about homework-trapped children is what I call the “myth of motivation.” These children are viewed as lazy and unmotivated, as if they are different from the other children who would rather play than do their homework.

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Use GRASPS to design Performance Assessment tasks

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Ken Templeton, with The Great Schools Partnership here in Maine, shared this useful graphic organizer for designing assessments on the #edchatME Twitter chat this evening (go to Twitter and type in that hashtag to scroll through the whole chat if you missed it). It's adapted from Grant, Wiggins & McTighe's Understanding By Design (2004). 

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What are assessment capable learners?

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“In education, assessment is at its best when it is ongoing and most difficult to distinguish from the teaching that is occurring.” — Changing the Way you Teach, Improving the Way Students Learn, published by ASCD (2009)"

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The Best Resources On Grading Practices

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From Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day blog, lists of links about performance assessment, formative assessment, standardized tests, designing effective assessments and alternatives to traditional assessments.

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Formative Assessment That Truly Informs Instruction

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Formative Assessment That Truly Informs Instruction, NCTE October 2013
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Maine schools learn how they rate in new A-F grading system | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine schools learn how they rate in new A-F grading system | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The grades are out and that sound you just heard was the morale of 75% of Maine's educators plummeting.  Educators in this state are already feeling besieged by shrinking budgets and students who show up for school with less of what they need to prepare them for success.  The governor has created an unfair system for "grading" our schools and the results came out this afternoon.  75% of our schools got a C or lower. Links in this article take you directly to the "report cards."

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New Test for Computers: Grading Essays at College Level

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A system developed by a joint venture between Harvard and M.I.T. uses artificial intelligence to assess student papers and short written answers, freeing instructors for other tasks.
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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Flubaroo: Automated Google Docs Self-Grading Quizzes

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Flubaroo: Automated Google Docs Self-Grading Quizzes | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Math teacher Jason Phelps shared this tool with me and it is ridiculously easy to use with Google Forms.  You certainly can't use it for every assessment but it will make your life easier, it's well worth spending a little time learning how to use it.

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SAT reading scores hit a four-decade low

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Nationwide SAT reading scores for the class of 2012 are lower than ever--but more students than ever are taking the SAT.

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Educational Leadership:Feedback for Learning:EL Study Guide

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September's Educational Leadership from ASCD features many articles about giving students useful feedback.  Contributors include Grant Wiggins, Jan Chappuis, and Maja Wilson.  Read this now, rather than later, when you're trying to translate grades into a summary of the semester's learning!

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A Test Worth Teaching To

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The race to fix America’s broken system of standardized exams.

A comprehensive look at the history of the use of standardized testing to assess standards and an analysis of the challenges we will face in assessing Common Core standards.

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Deadlocked Negotiators Fail to Reach Consensus on Teacher-Prep Rules

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"Following a three-hour telephone call with negotiators during which consensus seemed frustratingly out of reach on new teacher preparation accountability rules, the U.S. Education Department declined to extend the rulemaking process any further, meaning it will craft the rules on its own.

The final wedge issue on the conference call ended up being a familiar one: student-achievement outcomes."

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