What It’s Like On The Inside responds to a recent article from Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews examining group grading. Mathews explains that, although it’s not been a recommended practice for several years in Maryland’s Montgomery County, old habits die hard. According to What It’s, that’s no excuse for a practice that she thinks hurts students.
We know from educational research that cooperative learning experiences can be valuable to students. But, as the name suggests, these strategies are to be used while learning---not for assessment.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.