Sharing assessment & grading strategies that help students learn
There's no other way to put it... This is good stuff!
As schools and teachers adopt the philosophies of Assessment FOR Learning, it's only natural that grading practices will begin to change. (Click here for more info on grading as it relates to AFL.) We need to realize that some of those changes will seem strange to some of the parents of our students. It's important that we can articulate why we make the grading decisions we do.
Rick Wormeli has composed an excellent and thoughtful response to concerns a parent had about grading practices that reflect the philosophy of AFL and Standards Based Grading. This response is recommended reading for all teachers. Not only will it prepare you to respond to people in your community who might question your practices, it might also help you explain to colleagues who are confused by such practices as well.
Click on the following link to read Rick's response: http://www.adams12.org/files/learning_services/Wormeli_Response.pdf