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Letter Grades Deserve an 'F'

Letter Grades Deserve an 'F' | Prealgebra |

The adoption of the Common Core could usher in a new era of standards-based grading.

Via Mel Riddile, K_Lynam
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 12, 2014 11:50 PM

The core of the argument is sound and draws on seminal thinking about student assessment. The addition that might be made is that thinking was based on considerably more teacher autonomy and local community involvement in their schools. I think the two go hand-in-hand. We need teachers to be teaching students and that includes effective assessment which can be communicated to students and their parents.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 13, 2014 9:57 AM

I think one of the keys is this paragraph: "Teaching and learning with an eye toward mastery of a defined list of competencies circumvents many of the pitfalls that points-based grading causes. If mastery of a specific concept or skill is the stated goal for everyone, students are free to be more creative in their thinking. They are encouraged to challenge themselves in pursuit of that mastery."

Let's be honest: there is a lot of subjectivity in a lot of grading. Perhaps Common Core, for all of its flaws, will challenge us to think differently about how we assess. Not just how we grade student work, but how we make decisions about how students can demonstrate what they know and can do.

iPamba's curator insight, March 13, 2014 10:53 AM

More important than the grading system is whether or not, throughout the process of learning, communication strategies and tools are used, including meaningful feedback to learners,  to enable them to recognize their challenges as well as assess their progress and achievement.

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Unit 6:Similarity, Ratios, and Proportions Unit 7:Direct Variation

Unit 6:Similarity, Ratios, and Proportions Unit 7:Direct Variation | Prealgebra |
Unit 6: Similarity, Ratios, and Proportions. Unit 7: Direct Variation. Essential Question: How do you model direct variation? How does this relate to real world problems?: There are many ways you can model direct variation, ...
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