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June 3, 2012 by John Scammell When this story broke in Edmonton on Thursday, the general public (and some teachers) started sharing their thoughts about the use of the zero.
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March 1999 From Degrading to De-Grading By Alfie Kohn
Before I abolished grades, I went through my rubrics stage. I was convinced I could solve my assessment problems if I could just fine-tune my rubric production. I struggled for months trying to create ‘student-proof’ rubrics that would allow me to consistantly assess their learning.
A little over a month ago, I posted the first part of a series entitled, “Challenging the Grading Paradigm.”
Deb Delisle, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education in the US Department of Education Ms.
Thomas R. Guskey
A colleague of mine uses a 0% – 100% scale, but never gives anything below a 50% for any reason. So when a student answers that George Bush was the first president of the United States, he gets a 50%. When a student doesn’t even hand in an assignment, she gets a 50% – not a zero.
There are two similar discussions in this forum, “Standards Based Grading in Science”, http://learningcenter.nsta.org/discuss/default.aspx?tid=!
Several months ago, after much reflection, examination of school data, and conversations with a few teachers, I proclaimed to my staff that I did not want them to assign a zero to any student until they intervene in some way; talk with the student to find out why they did not turn in the assignment, call a parent to let them know an assignment was missed, do something before recording a zero in the grade book. There was much weeping and gnashing of teeth, meetings after the meeting, some cheers and head nods, and every other emotion imaginable.
Douglas B. Reeves If you wanted to make just one change that would immediately reduce student failure rates, then the most effective place to start would be challenging prevailing grading practices.
Steve Marcus Tam Larnerd, principal of Miller Middle School in Henderson, talks with students during lunch. Like other school administrators in Clark County, Larnerd has been experimenting with grading policies — in his case, the penalty imposed on students for turning in homework assignments late.
Detailed scoring rubrics allow students to learn from their mistakes. Heather Riggall proofreads a paper.
By Douglas B. Reeves Try the following experiment at your next faculty meeting.