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Rick Wormeli: Standards-Based Grading

Rick Wormeli, author of Fair Isn't Always Equal, tackles the issue of zeros on the 100 point scale.

I have a feeling that a lot of educators will be uncomfortable when Rick starts talking about using a higher F instead of a 0 when students do nothing - but wait for the last minute. His idea about looking for the central tendency instead of the average is definitely worth considering.

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Comment by Beth Swain on May 13, 2013 at 9:45am
Good video! I really liked his analogies. Too often teachers take it personally when students don't complete work and giving a zero makes them feel better. When in reality, not completing the work had little or nothing to do with the teacher but everything to do with the student's situation ~ home life, time management, etc.
Comment by John P. Orr on May 12, 2013 at 11:38pm

Well worth listening too!  HIs clarity and the analogies used make so much sense!

Comment by Liz Phillips on May 12, 2013 at 10:42pm
When the Fair Is Not Always Equal book was released, I had a hard time with the high F concept for students who did not do the work. Rick Wormeli asked me to watch my students closely. Zero means zero mastery...and my kids did understand the concepts. Standards-based grading was a stretch for me, but it has been a GOOD stretch. I have grown as a teacher in that I never give zeros. I even et more good work up front because I believe in revisiting and redoing (and regrading) until a student shows mastery. As a result, students are more engaged in their learning. Sometimes the process gives me extra work, but in the end, it is worth it. My students are motivated to learn...and I'm more inspired as a teacher...even when I am tired.

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