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Sharing assessment & grading strategies that help students learn

  1. What's the Final Grade?
    You are seeing projected on the screen a collection of scored assignments.  Your job is to determine the student's final grade based on these scores.  You have complete freedom to determine how best to do that. You will choose a letter grade by visiting the following survey: 

    What's the Final Grade?

  2. What does a grade represent? 
    (Answer this discussion question by typing in the "Reply to This" box at the bottom of this Forum.)

    When a student gets an A, or a B, or a C, or a D, or an F as a final grade on a report card or on a transcript, what does that mean?  And what should go into that grade - what should it be comprised of so that it means what you want it to mean?  

  3. Ideas for Leading an Assessment Journey

    Introduction to AFL:
    http://salemafl.ning.com/profiles/blogs/afl-article-in-virginia

    Discussion Starters for Faculty Meetings: 
    http://salemafl.ning.com/profiles/blogs/interactive-afl-faculty

    Trying and Failing, a key component of learning:
    http://salemafl.ning.com/profiles/blogs/afl-art-class-and-failure

    A Better Way to Review:
    http://salemafl.ning.com/profiles/blogs/an-afl-review-strategy-that

    Pick a Strategy and Try It Out:
    http://salemafl.ning.com/profiles/blogs/practical-examples-of-afl-to

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The grade should be reflective of the student's ability. 

It should be reflective of what the student has mastered-

Measurement of student learning - growth 

A grade should reflect a student's learning and mastery of the content.  

Grades reflect the level of mastery of content

A grade should reflect the learning, understanding and growth of the student. It should be a combination of understanding and participation/effort/time spent working toward mastery of the skill/content. It should reflect what they can do independently. 

A student's grade should be a reflection of their mastery. Should we only count their summative assessments? Because in formative assessment stage they're still learning? We count homework because we want them to do it, but then they don't do it.

A final grade is the level of content mastery the student learned.

A final grade should be a measurement of growth and where the student ends up in their learning journey, not the struggles they may go through during the journey.

Ideally a grade should reflect student learning and their level of mastery on the content that is taught.  However, the conversation is often muddied by a philosophical war on the inclusion of effort, participation, extra credit, classroom behavior, etc. into a final grade.

A grade should be a reflection of students learning compared to grade level and content area expectation.  

A student grade should represent the student's learning. Was the material mastered?

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