Grading

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Student Well-Being Opinion One Thing Teachers Can Do to Signal High Expectations
There are constructive ways for teachers to communicate they believe in a student, a research scientist weighs in.
Camilla Mutoni Griffiths, February 21, 2024
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Student Achievement Opinion What Many Advocates—and Critics—Get Wrong About 'Equitable Grading'
Traditional grading encompasses more than academic performance. Is that what we want?
Rick Hess, January 29, 2024
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Assessment Opinion What's the Best Way to Grade Students? Teachers Weigh In
There are many ways to make grading a better, more productive experience for students. Here are a few.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 16, 2024
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Student Achievement From Our Research Center Who's the Real Audience for A-F and Numeric Grades? Hint: It's Not the Students
Traditional grading systems help parents—as well as colleges and universities—get a sense of how students are doing, educators say.
Alyson Klein, December 5, 2023
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Student Achievement Opinion Grade Inflation Teaches Students We Don't Mean What We Say
Education leaders need to stand up for rigor, and they need to support classroom teachers who are committed to putting that into practice.
Rick Hess, November 27, 2023
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Assessment Opinion The 4 Common Myths About Grading Reform, Debunked
Grading reformers and their critics all have the same goal: grades that truly reflect student learning. Here’s how we move forward.
Sarah Ruth Morris & Matt Townsley, November 20, 2023
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Student Achievement Students' Grades May Not Signal Actual Achievement, Study Cautions
Higher grades may give the false impression that students don't need extra academic support.
Evie Blad, November 10, 2023
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Assessment From Our Research Center Few Educators Say A-F and Numeric Grades Offer 'Very Effective' Feedback for Students
Fewer than 1 in 6 educators—13 percent— say that A through F or numeric grades are a “very effective way” to give feedback to students.
Alyson Klein, November 6, 2023
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Assessment Q&A This Teacher Has Students Track Their Own Progress in Class, and It's Paying Off
Middle school teacher Erin Merrill gives her students the responsibility of tracking their mastery.
Lauraine Langreo, November 6, 2023
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Teaching Opinion I Used to Think I Was a Fair Grader. Now, I Look Back and Cringe
Now a researcher studying grading practices, this former teacher reflects on what she wishes she had known about equable grading.
Sarah Ruth Morris, November 2, 2023
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Assessment Opinion Grades and Tests Can Undermine Learning. Do They Have To?
Students grow and change, but their assessment records never do. Should this change?
Rick Hess, October 26, 2023
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Teaching Profession Opinion It's the End of School Year. You're Tired. What's a Teacher to Do?
If you're looking to refuel, here are 13 ideas to help you thrive as a teacher.
Larry Ferlazzo, June 9, 2023
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States Every State Now Lets Schools Measure Students' Success Based on Mastery, Not Seat Time
Wyoming became the final state to adopt competency-based education policies when it approved a new pilot program in April.
Libby Stanford, May 31, 2023
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