Elements of Grading
A Guide to Effective Practice
Learn several strategies for improving grading practices, while examining the common arguments against reform. With this practical guide, you can improve grading to meet four essential criteria—accuracy, fairness, specificity, and timeliness—and also make the process quicker and more efficient. Examples, case studies, and opportunities for reflection facilitate individual and schoolwide examination of grading practices.
- Learn a rational process for evaluating grading systems at all levels, from classroom practices to national policies.
- Explore a collegial process for discussing some of the most contentious issues in grading.
- Discover a communicative process for bringing all stakeholders into the discussion.
- Get reproducible tools for self-reflection and improvement in grading.
Product Code: BKF410
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“Grading is one of those very emotional subjects in education that has prevented traditional methods from changing. It’s time that educators became aware of the distortions in our current system and learn alternative ways of approaching grading.
“The book helps school leaders understand the reasons why current grading practices are harmful and inaccurate and it also introduces some simple strategies for improving grading methods (such as getting rid of zeroes for missing work).
“It’s hard to argue with grading suggestions that encourage students to do more and better work while saving the teacher time and headaches at the same time!”
—The Main Idea, 2011