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Grading Practices

Grading & Assessment Procedures

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  • Watch this video by Rick Wormeli who does an excellent job explaining the problem with zeros in a 100-point scale:

  • More videos by Rick Wormeli...Redos, Retakes, Do-Overs,...a refresher...

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  • Read 15 Fixes for Broken Grades. You can find a summary here

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#1- Do not include student behaviors (effort, participation, following class rules, etc.) in grades; include only achievement.

#2- Never deduct points for student work submitted late/past the due date.  Instead provide support for the learner.

#3- Do not give extra credit and/or bonus points; seek evidence that more work has resulted in a higher level of achievement.

#4- Do not punish academic dishonesty (cheating/plagiarizing) with a zero.  Apply other consequences and reassess to determine actual level of achievement.

#5- A student’s attendance, or lack thereof, should not be reflected in his/her grade.

#6- Do not give group scores; grade individual achievement only.

#7- Do not assign grades using inappropriate or unclear standards or targets.

#8- Do not assign zeroes as a punishment or for missing work.

#9- Do not use evident from formative assessments or practice to determine grades.  Only summative assessments should determine a student's overall grade.

#10- Acknowledge that learning takes time, so always emphasize more recent student achievement and progress towards mastery and achievement.