Sunday, November 27, 2011

Standards based grades

We're almost done with Chapter 3 and I want to make sure everyone (parents and students both) understand what's going on with the grades.

I'm trying something new - instead of assigning grades based on points received divided by total points, I'm trying to make a grade serve as a true indication of student mastery. For chapter 3, I wrote out 9 distinct learning goals. We generally cover 1 or 2 of the goals in a section, and we had 4 sections in chapter 3 (3.1, 3.2, 3.5, and 3.6). We had homework quizzes that assessed student progress on 7 of the 9 standards and then we had a semi-major quiz that covered those same standards.

Progress toward mastery on each standard is measured on a 4 point scale with 4 = Expert, 3 = proficient, 2 = partially proficient, and 1 = Not proficient. A letter grade of B is considered proficient on most standards and correlates to a ranking of 3. The legend is available on the "November" page at the link to "Ch. 3 Grades"

The goal here is to give students targeted information regarding their strengths and weaknesses. Hopefully, students will use this information to aid in their studying. Retakes will transform into 'reassessments' and be focused on specific standards, so students only need to spend time working on content they have struggled with.

Please email me if you have any questions.

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