Why A to E grades don’t tell the whole story

Commonly used A to E grades in schools may not be serving all students well, or telling the whole story of progress. It’s time to review how we measure students’ learning – that doesn’t mean abandoning…

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Commonly used A to E grades in schools may not be serving all students well, or telling the whole story of progress. It’s time to review how we measure students’ learning – that doesn’t mean abandoning…

Source: theconversation.com

Should we be rethinking the ways that we grade students? The A to E paradigm is clearly not serving everyone well so many of us have moved to rubrics. They are still A to E but contain descriptors at each level designed to help students see what they need to do to improve on a particular skill or to learn in a particular knowledge area. However, we have all given these out only to see that students look at the grade only and then rank themselves accordingly. 

I have recently been reading Marzano’s work on grading and success criteria but it seems to me that there is not yet a perfect answer to the difficult question of how to assess student progress.

Author: loremipsem

I am Head of Teaching and Learning and teach English at an independent School in Melbourne. I am passionate about using technology as a learning tool and I love reading and literature and language.

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