Stopped at. Courageous Conversation: Formative Assessment and Grading. With all the education action around Standards-Based Instruction, Understanding By Design, Assessment for Learning, Grading for Learning, Project-Based Learning, Competency-Based Instruction and more, we need to have a frank conversation about formative assessment and grading.
This may be a difficult conversation to have. Educators may end up mourning the loss of past practices and frameworks. Freedom to Fail. 10 questions to ask yourself before giving an assessment: 13 Resources for Making the Most of Assessment Data. K-12 educators are familiar with the “three-legged stool” of education.
The leg of curriculum helps teachers know what to cover. Instruction is the’ how’ of engaging students in the curriculum. The third leg, assessment, helps educators and students know how successful the teaching and learning have been, and what adjustments should be made to move forward. 3 Peaks and 3 Pits of Standards-Based Grading. Change involves the celebration of successes and the reflection on shortfalls.
As my school has undertaken the task of transitioning from a traditional grading system to standards-based grading, we've learned a great deal along the way. We have observed a shift in the school culture from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset (Dweck, 2008). Under standards-based grading, our teachers have created an opportunity for students to persevere in the face of challenges. Students are measured on their proficiency of content standards. Some demonstrate early mastery and are able to move on to more difficult concepts, while others may require reteaching. Although I've observed many great aspects of standards-based grading, I've also had many great discussions with other educators on how we can improve our implementation. The 3 Peaks Growth Mindset.
Educational Leadership:Expecting Excellence:Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading. Patricia L.
Scriffiny Each week brings some new idea that teachers are supposed to implement, while still preparing lessons, grading papers, and keeping their classrooms in some semblance of order. Grades That Show What Students Know. No-Zero Grading Policy In Lowndes County Schools Require Retesting Opportunities For Failing Students (UPDATED) Lowndes County Schools students in Georgia can relax a little -- 3rd through 8th graders can no longer receive zeros on assignments.
Under a new policy, report cards and progress reports will reflect a 60 out of 100 as the lowest grade, and teachers must offer students opportunities to retake tests and redo assignments until a passing grade is earned. The highest grade earned will be recorded, and teachers cannot record zeros, but can give an "incomplete" for work not turned in after insisting that the assignment be completed.
UPDATE 2/5/2012 11:00 A.M.: Lowndes County Schools Superintendent E. Steven Smith issued a statement Saturday. Read more below. The grading guide states that teachers should not be satisfied with issuing grades below a student's potential. Compare formative and summative assessments. Standards Based Grading. The Flipped Classroom vs the Flipped Mastery Classroom. School Failure. Assessment, Intervention, and Prevention in Primary Pediatric Care Robert S.
Byrd, MD, MPH* + Author Affiliations. Wormelli-r-2011-redos-and-retakes-done-right. Why Formative Assessments Matter. Summative assessments, or high stakes tests and projects, are what the eagle eye of our profession is fixated on right now, so teachers often find themselves in the tough position of racing, racing, racing through curriculum.
But what about informal or formative assessments? Are we putting enough effort into these? What Are They? Informal, or formative assessments are about checking for understanding in an effective way in order to guide instruction. They are used during instruction rather than at the end of a unit or course of study. What this means is that if we are about getting to the end, we may lose our audience, the students. We are all guilty of this one -- the ultimate teacher copout: "Are there any questions, students?
" Ever assign the big project, test, or report at the end of a unit and find yourself shocked with the results, and not in a good way? To Inform, Not Punish Believe me, I've been there: wanting to punish the lazy, the cocky, the nonchalant. Standards%20Based.pdf. Marzanos%209%20strategies.pdf. Why We Must Get It Wrong To Get It Right & 4 Other Facts About Learning. Posted by Holly Fawcett Why is it that you can sit in a training session for half a day, really enjoy it and think it’s the best learning opportunity you’ve had all year, and then a week later you’ve forgotten almost all of what you had learned.
You’re back to old habits (because it’s easier), and your memory just ain’t what it used to be when you were learning new things in school. I love this saying, from my dad: “Everyday’s a school day – and if you didn’t learn something, you weren’t listening!” It’s mostly true. Now that we’re all grown ups, you’d be forgiven for thinking that your studying days are done. However, while the content of what you’re meant to be learning is of merit, it just doesn’t stick. ASCD Express 10.23 - Ten Things Master Teachers Do. Ten Things Master Teachers Do Annette Breaux Master teachers—those who have figured out how to get students to do and be their best, how to simplify the complex, how to look forward to their jobs each day, and how to create lasting memories in the hearts and minds of students—once struggled as new teachers, too.
The following 10 practices not only helped master teachers over the initial hump of inexperience but also sustained their ongoing success. Ask for help. A sound support system is vital for all teachers. These 10 practices can positively influence your success as a teacher. Standards Based Grading in a percentage based world. I’m participating in the math blogging initiative and thankfully the list of writing prompts is not intimidating.
I could write about how I chose the name for my blog—I am extremely curious and I want my students to be too. But I really want to talk about something else. Something that has piqued my curiosity. Standards_based_grading.pdf. In 'Flipped' Classrooms, a Method for Mastery. Fixes looks at solutions to social problems and why they work. In traditional schooling, time is a constant and understanding is a variable. A fifth-grade class will spend a set number of days on prime factorization and then move on to study greatest common factors — whether or not every student is ready.