Saturday, June 16, 2012
Well, if you've had your ear to the street, you've probably heard the wave of standards-based grading becoming trendier in high schools. After being inspired by Matt Townsley's descriptions of standards-based grading, I tried a form of standards-based grading for the past 2 years in my classroom in these ways:
1. I boiled my grades down to just 100%, 85%, 75%, 70%, or 50%, nothing in between (and yes, no zeroes; feel free to flame me for that in the comment section below);
2. I focused on teaching specific skills and then only grading those skills. So, for example, when a student turned in an essay, they may have received 3 different grades -- one for a grammar skill such as using semicolons, one for a style skill such as varying syntax, and one for a content skill such as rebutting an opposing view; and
3. I offered multiple retakes and no extra credit.
Alas, I'm still feel like I'm doing it ineffectively. If you want to try standards-based grading, check out Townsley's great description that compares it to traditional assignment-based grading. Let me know if you can fashion a better system than I have.