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Sharing assessment & grading strategies that help students learn

In December 2009, the Salem High School faculty was asked to take an AFL survey.  Those results are compiled here: AFL Survey Results.pdf.

The SHS AFL Committee has reviewed those results.  After doing so members of the committee lifted up the following as "points of interest": 


  • Teachers limiting the number of students who can receive an A
  • Varied responses to assigning grades to practice – very small percentage?
  • How can we better involve students in tracking their progress and setting learning goals – very small number of teachers say they do this?
  • How can we encourage students to USE the feedback they get from us?
  • Showing students examples of strong and weak work – ideas of how teachers are doing this?
  • How to motivate students other than grades?
  • Teachers are using many different approaches to apply AFL.
  • 80% make their assessments demonstrate how students are doing relative to one another rather than relative to the content objectives.  Was this question
  • How much should “practice” count?  Do we need to discuss this more as a faculty or within departments?


For the March 10, 2010 faculty meeting, please:

1. Review those results for yourself.  

2. After doing so, please discuss the results with those at your table.

3. Please also share at your table 1 positive outcome in your classroom of you working to implement AFL ideas/strategies.

4. Then respond to this discussion by sharing your discussion of the results and the examples from your classrooms of positive outcomes of using AFL idea/strategies.

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Almost everyone at our table felt that our school's focus on AFL has helped us better prepare our students for summative asssessment and that our students' grades reflect our use of AFL strategies to prepare them.


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