I have to present on Monday to my department the information I learned from a workshop on standards-based grading two months ago, and the presenter used the following works to base his presentation, of which I have read only three:
- A Repair Kit for Grading by Ken O’Connor,
- Mindset by Carol Dweck,
- Transforming Classroom Grading by Robert Marzano,
- Classroom Assessment & Grading that Work by Robert Marzano, and
- Classroom Assessment For Student Learning by Richard Stiggins, et al.
Based on his research the presenter provided a number of points about how standards-based grading works, and these are the primary points I noted on my tablet as we discussed this new type of grading.
1. Student behaviors (effort, attendance, etc.) should not be a part of a student’s grades.
2. Late work does not result in a lower grade.
3. Extra credit should not be part of a student’s grade.
4. Academic dishonesty should not result in a lower grade.
5. Attendance should not be a part of a student’s grade.
6. Group scores should not be factored into individual grades.
7. Performance standards must be clear.
8. Grades should not be based on the mean.
9. Zeroes should not be factored into grades.
10. Homework should not be part of a student’s grade.
11. Grades should be based on more recent evidence.
How do you feel about these eleven points?
Previously I have blogged about my feelings on grading, and I’m still slowly molding my grading system, but it’s definitely moving towards standards-based grading. Here are some posts of mine on this topic and grading papers: