“Our school grappled with grade politics . . . . . . . . and lost .” -Anonymous.
“I learned . . . that there are reasons, historical reasons why grading exists. But I also learned from history that there are no good reasons, no sound educational ones, why they should continue to exist.” -Anonymous
Becky Brandl & Mitzi Hoback
Homework Completion Systems Imperative
Work Habits and Neatness
Punctuality of Assignments
Class Behavior or Attitude
Progress MadeTypical Sources of Grading and Reporting Evidence
Major Exams or Compositions Systems Imperative
Reports or Projects
Students’ Notebooks or Journals
Exhibits of Students’ WorkTypical Sources of Grading and Reporting Evidence
In the elementary grades… Systems Imperative
In middle and high school…
College admissions office
Scholarship decision makers
Insurance companiesGrades are Communicated to Whom?
If all of these are factored into a grade all with different weights, how can we expect the readerto factor all of those things out and understand what we meant?
If you think it’s possible, you are living in a dream world.-Stiggins
Chart Strengths and Weaknesses
What is your district currently doing to encourage effective communication?
Brainstorm additional ways to increase communication between home and school.
Newsletters to Parents/Patrons
Personal Letters to Parents
Notes Attached to Report Cards
Standardized Assessment Reports
Phone Calls to Parents
Presentations for Community Groups
PTA/PTOMultifaceted Reporting Systems may include . . .
Evaluated Projects or Assignments weights,
Portfolios or Exhibits of Students’ Work
School Web Pages
Student Involved Conferences
Electronic Reporting SystemsMultifaceted Reporting Systems may include . . .
Electronic Portfolios weights, Not Just an Electronic File Cabinet
Report Card Grades weights,
“Depend on so much . . .
So much depends on them!”