Re: Standards Based Grading

Re: Standards Based Grading

September 15, 2016 at 5:20 PM

I would agree with the steps mentioned by Sara in her post. Based on the level of pushback that sometimes occurs in communities when anything "standards-based" is put forth in a public forum, I recommend communicating the discussions as grading and assessment reform, or fair and effective grading practices, etc. I'm also becoming more of an advocate for a scaffolded implementation model, in which SBG is rolled out first in the lower grades, then is followed through on as a cohort of students moves through each successive grade level (high school implementation is particularly difficult, although much needed, in my estimation), and I suspect it would be less so if students and parents were well acquainted with the model prior to their entry into the upper grades. I'm also a big fan of conducting a book study with one's faculty, which allows people to gain a better understanding of the principles and engage in honest, low-risk discussions about how more effective and defensible grading practices could be implemented in their respective buildings and departments at a manageable pace. Along with O'Connor's "Repair Kit for Grading," Guskey's "Developing Standards-Based Report Cards" is another good option for this. However, my current favorite text for an easy-to-read, highly accessible and defensible explanation of implementation from start to finish is Tammy Heflebower, et al's "A School Leader's Guide to Standards-Based Grading." I have an executive summary of the book and would be glad to send it to you if you give me your email address. I can be reached at randal.peters@drake.edu. Always glad to talk further about this topic.

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