This outstanding website from Vanderbilt University provides a wealth of information about grading. It begins with an explanation of the purpose of assigning grades and then moves to practical considerations about how to develop criteria for grading and how to provide students with meaningful feedback. It also addresses the issue of how to be efficient despite the volume of work that needs to be graded and how to minimize student complaints.
This scholarly article covered various grading practices used in middle and high school. It oulines a number of common problems, like including behavioral expectations within academic grades and assigning zeros for missing or incomplete work. Grounded in research, this article proposes solutions to mixing academic and non-academic feedback and discusses the benefits of standards-based grading.
Although standards-based grading has gotten a lot of attention in recent years, it's not without its challenges. This blog post outlines three reasons this type of grading may be the way to go as well as three very different reasons why it may not. Written by a teacher in the trenches, this article paints a picture of an actual school's culture after moving to a standards-based approach.
Although written for English/Language Arts teaches and subtitled, "An English Teacher's Survival Guide," this book provides tons of information on how to manage the high volume of student work in any class in which students produce their own work rather than fill out Scantron sheets when taking tests.
Technology has made many tasks in life less difficult and time-consuming, and grading is one of them. This blog post discusses 20 different apps that can save teachers time in grading student work as well as keep track of all scores. It provides options that focus on academic work only and others that include behavior. Both iOS and Android options are covered.
The amount of time it takes to grade student work can be enough to make teachers not want to assign it! But assign it we must. This blog post from a teacher in the trenches provides some practical strategies that can save time and focus feedback. The role of peer- and self-assessment and the "one in four" rule that are explained here are especially helpful.
Peer assessment can be a clever strategy for helping students develop critical thinking skills AND reduce the teacher's grading load. But the legal issue regarding privacy when students grade each other's work is far from clear. This article covers the Supreme Court decision on this issue with a back-and-forth explanation of its finer points between the majority opinion and Linda Starr, editor at Education World.