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Honesty on Grades

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The Teachers Leaders Network has launched a new blog by Ariel Sacks, a young NYC English teacher who's already gained a voice as an educator-writer to watch. In an early post on the blog, she writes with honesty about the conflicts she has over her grading system:

Recipe formulas for calculating grades tend to turn out numbers that represent a mishmash of student effort (as perceived by teacher), task completion (which may not require effort for all students), knowledge acquired, and skill development (both evidenced in student work). Lately I’m struggling with the creeping notion that the net result of this mishmash is a totally inadequate measure of student learning. In an effort to grade almost every aspect of a student’s involvement in my class, in the end I’ve graded nothing in particular!


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I agree with your frustration on grading. In my class of third graders I grade not only tests and other projects but include observations. My struggle is on how much credit do you give for observations. An 'A' for the top student who gets 100% on everything to the struggling student who amazinly suceeds at tasks. Doesn't this child deserve an 'A' for all their hard work and advancement. Grading is really hard to do for this generation as their are many new ways of teaching and observing students success.

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