On Your Mark

Author: Thomas R. Guskey
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
ISBN: 9781935542759
Release Date: 2014-08-05
Genre: Education

Create and sustain a learning environment where students thrive and stakeholders are accurately informed of student progress. Clarify the purpose of grades, craft a vision statement aligned with this purpose, and discover research-based strategies to implement effective grading and reporting practices. Identify policies and practices that render grading inaccurate, and understand the role grades play in students’ future success and opportunities.

Answers to Essential Questions About Standards Assessments Grading and Reporting

Author: Thomas R. Guskey
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 9781544302973
Release Date: 2012-11-21
Genre: Education

The definitive guidebook to the complex terrain of 21st-century standards! Standards, assessments, grading, and reporting provide the foundation for nearly every initiative in modern education reform. But what do these terms actually mean? This easy-to-use Q&A gives short, simple, jargon-free answers to the questions that frequently stymie educators. Readers will come away with: A consistent vocabulary and frame of reference to share with other educators An understanding of effective implementation in all four areas Specific ideas for purposeful action Common ground that teachers, leadership teams, schools, and districts can use as a basis for successful improvement efforts

Grading Exceptional and Struggling Learners

Author: Lee Ann Jung
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 9781452269429
Release Date: 2011-09-28
Genre: Education

A powerful model for helping struggling students succeed How can you ensure that you are grading your exceptional students fairly? Teachers receive very little guidance for grading students with disabilities, English learners, and those receiving services through a response-to-intervention (RTI) process. This practitioner-friendly book provides an effective framework for assigning grades that are accurate, meaningful, and legally defensible. The authors’ easy-to-follow, five-step standards-based inclusive grading model helps teachers: Determine appropriate expectations for each student Understand the differences between accommodations and modifications Grade based on modified expectations Communicate the meaning of grades to students and their families

How to Use Grading to Improve Learning

Author: Susan M. Brookhart
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 9781416624103
Release Date: 2017-07-21
Genre: Education

Grades are imperfect, shorthand answers to “What did students learn, and how well?” In How to Use Grading to Improve Learning, best-selling author Susan M. Brookhart guides educators at all levels in figuring out how to produce grades—for single assignments and report cards—that accurately communicate students’ achievement of learning goals. Brookhart explores topics that are fundamental to effective grading and learning practices: • Acknowledging that all students can learn • Supporting and motivating student effort and learning • Designing and grading appropriate assessments • Creating policies for report card grading • Implementing learning-focused grading policies • Communicating with students and parents • Assessing school or district readiness for grading reform The book is grounded in research and resonates with the real lessons learned in the classroom. Although grading is a necessary part of schooling, Brookhart reminds us that children are sent to school to learn, not to get grades. This highly practical book will help you put grading and learning into proper perspective, offering strategies you can use right away to ensure that your grading practices actually support student learning.

Developing Standards Based Report Cards

Author: Thomas R. Guskey
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 9781452272269
Release Date: 2009-11-17
Genre: Education

Develop standards-based report cards that are meaningful to students, parents, and educators! Helping school leaders gain support for transitioning from traditional to standards-based report cards, this book guides educators in aligning assessment and reporting practices with standards-based education and providing more detailed reports of children’s learning and progress. This accessible volume: Provides a clear framework for developing standards-based report cards Shows how to communicate with parents, students, and other stakeholders about changes Illustrates how to achieve grading consistency without increasing teachers’ workloads or violating their professional autonomy Includes examples of standards-based report cards that can be adapted to a school’s needs

Elements of Grading

Author: Douglas Reeves
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
ISBN: 9781935543503
Release Date: 2011-06-01
Genre: Education

Effective teacher feedback is crucial to improving student achievement. The author provides educators with practical suggestions for making the grading process more fair, accurate, specific, and timely. In addition to examples and case studies, this edition offers a significant amount of new content, including an exploration of how the Common Core State Standards and new technologies impact grading practices.

Practical Solutions for Serious Problems in Standards Based Grading

Author: Thomas R. Guskey
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 9781452295619
Release Date: 2008-08-06
Genre: Education

Implement standards-based grading practices that accurately and equitably report student achievement! Standards-based education poses a variety of challenges for grading and reporting practices. This edited volume examines critical issues in standards-based grading and provides specific suggestions for improving policies and practices at the school and classroom levels. The chapters: Describe traditional school practices that inhibit the implementation of standards-based grading Address how teachers can assign fair and accurate grades to English language learners and students with special needs Examine legal issues related to grading Discuss why report card grades and large-scale assessment scores may vary Offer communication strategies with parents

Grading from the Inside Out

Author: Tom Schimmer
Publisher:
ISBN: 1936763850
Release Date: 2016-01-26
Genre: Education

Grading From the Inside Out by Tom Schimmer establishes that the time for grading reform is now. Traditional grading procedures are no longer applicable due to vast changes in pedagogy and assessment. While K12 teachers and administrators may feel hesitant about moving away from past practices or making profound changes in grading, and while it may be challenging, a change in mindset is essential for effective instruction and assessment. A standards-based mindset is needed to reshape the traditional grading paradigm. To help readers develop standards-based mindsets about grading, Schimmer proposes a grading paradigm based on a new approach to reporting student achievement. He then presents educators with steps they can actively take to positively alter grading and reporting in their classrooms.

Rethinking Grading

Author: Cathy Vatterott
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 9781416620525
Release Date: 2015-07-13
Genre: Education

Grading systems often reward on-time task completion and penalize disorganization and bad behavior. Despite our best intentions, grades seem to reflect student compliance more than student learning and engagement. In the process, we inadvertently subvert the learning process. After careful research and years of experiences with grading as a teacher and a parent, Cathy Vatterott examines and debunks traditional practices and policies of grading in K–12 schools. She offers a new paradigm for standards-based grading that focuses on student mastery of content and gives concrete examples from elementary, middle, and high schools. Rethinking Grading will show all educators how standards-based grading can authentically reflect student progress and learning--and significantly improve both teaching and learning. Cathy Vatterott is an education professor and researcher at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a former middle school teacher and principal, and a parent of a college graduate. She has learned from her workshops that “grading continues to be the most contentious part . . . conjuring up the most intense emotions and heated disagreements.” Vatterott is also the author of the book Rethinking Homework: Best Practices That Support Diverse Needs.

Grading Smarter Not Harder

Author: Myron Dueck
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 9781416618904
Release Date: 2014-07-15
Genre: Education

All the talk of closing the achievement gap in schools obscures a more fundamental issue: do the grades we assign to students truly reflect the extent of their learning? In this lively and eye-opening book, educator Myron Dueck reveals how many of the assessment policies that teachers adopt can actually prove detrimental to student motivation and achievement and shows how we can tailor policies to address what really matters: student understanding of content. In sharing lessons, anecdotes, and cautionary tales from his own experiences revamping assessment procedures in the classroom, Dueck offers a variety of practical strategies for ensuring that grades measure what students know without punishing them for factors outside their control; critically examining the fairness and effectiveness of grading homework assignments; designing and distributing unit plans that make assessment criteria crystal-clear to students; creating a flexible and modular retesting system so that students can improve their scores on individual sections of important tests. Grading Smarter, Not Harder is brimming with reproducible forms, templates, and real-life examples of grading solutions developed to allow students every opportunity to demonstrate their learning. Written with abundant humor and heart, this book is a must-read for all teachers who want their grades to contribute to, rather than hinder, their students' success.

Common Formative Assessment

Author: Kim Bailey
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
ISBN: 9781936765157
Release Date: 2011-10-11
Genre: Education

Teams that engage in designing, using, and responding to common formative assessments are more knowledgeable about their own standards, more assessment literate, and able to develop more strategies for helping all students learn. In this conversational guide, the authors offer tools, templates, and protocols to incorporate common formative assessments into the practices of a PLC to monitor and enhance student learning

A School Leader s Guide to Standards Based Grading

Author: Tammy Heflebower
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
ISBN: 9780985890292
Release Date: 2014-05-30
Genre: Education

Accurately report students’ academic strengths and weaknesses with standards-based grading. Rather than using traditional systems that incorporate nonacademic factors such as attendance and behavior, learn to assess and report student performance based on prioritized standards. You will discover reliable, practical methods for analyzing what students have learned and gain effective strategies for offering students feedback on their progress.

Effective Grading Practices for Secondary Teachers

Author: Dave Nagel
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 9781483386393
Release Date: 2015-03-04
Genre: Education

Enacting an effective grading system that emphasizes the secondary student’s learning process! The book is written in an articulate and direct format that highlights successful practices, programs and activities that support effective implementation of changing grading systems. Providing research of grading reforms that were enacted by an active teacher dialogue with the student’s perspective taken into consideration Addressing the shortcomings of no failure policies in the overall learning process Researching perception of effort limitations and the impact of grades given to the student by an instructor Considering restraints of grading policies due to vagueness and constrictive focus