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Alternative to Traditional Grades

The movement to throw out grades is starting to gain momentum. This collection explores what is wrong with traditional grading methods and alternatives that give a much better idea of what students know and can do.
A Collection By Beth Still
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Alternative to Traditional Grades
  • ascd.org
    ascd.org

    Starting the Conversation About Grading

    Article
    Beth Still says:
    It is critical to address the purpose of grades. This article provides ideas for how to begin the conversations about grades as well as practical tips to help keep the conversation on track.
  • ascd.org
    ascd.org

    Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading

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    Beth Still says:
    Standards drive virtually every aspect of education, yet so few schools embrace standards-based grading (SBG) across all grade levels. If we truly want to know what our students can do then we need to seriously consider implementing SBG. This article describes a number of reasons that SBG is the way to go.
  • Beth Still says:
    When I first heard people talk about "no zero" policies I thought the idea was ludicrious. Why would a teacher give students credit for nothing? But as I began to learn more about the practice, I began to appreciate the logic behind no zero policies. In this video, Rick Wormeli discusses why it is important to revamp our grading policies. He also addresses the issue of the impact that zeros have on an average. You will never look at grades the same way again.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    3 Peaks and 3 Pits of Standards-Based Grading

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    Beth Still says:
    As teachers, we have a limited amount of time to track down resources about different topics. This article examines both the positive and negative aspects of standards-based grading.
  • blogs.edweek.org
    blogs.edweek.org

    Teachers Throwing Out Grades: It's Happening For Real

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    Beth Still says:
    When I first heard teachers talk about throwing out grades I thought they had completely lost their minds. If you have never considered the idea or if you are opposed to it, I urge you to read this article by Starr Sackstein. She reflects on the factors that caused her to rethink how she was moved from a traditional method of assessment to completely throwing out grades. I think many teachers will find they can relate to the points that Starr makes.
  • forbes.com
    forbes.com

    Throwing Out Grades Is Good For Learning

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    Beth Still says:
    We live in a society that is obsessed with grades, but what do grades mean anyway? They don't give us any indication about what students know or can do! Their sole purpose is to rank students. In this interview, Mark Barnes, one of the leading advocates for throwing out grades, shares his beliefs about why grades are bad for students and for learning.
  • Beth Still says:
    What does a grade reflect? Sometimes a student might master the work but receive a low grade because they don't do their homework or because they have have poor attendance. Is this fair? Can students re-do work? If so, how much credit can they get? Rick Wormeli addresses these questions as well as many others in this book.
  • Beth Still says:
    In this Tedx video, Mark Barnes, discusses why we must move away from a traditional grading system and instead embrace a four step model to assess student success.