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Grading Practices


Problems with Grades and Grading

  1. One hundred years of research on grading
  2. Misconceptions get in the way of better grading
  3. Pointed questions about grades
  4. A New Jersey district deals with how homework is graded
  5. Grade inflation in high schools

Characteristics of Effective Grading

  1. The shift to standards-based grading
  2. Making grades fair, accurate, specific, and timely

Improving Grading Practices

  1. Failure is not an option
  2. How to deal with students who look only at their grades
  3. Preventing cheating by shaping classroom motivational culture
  4. Innovative grading systems are acceptable to colleges

Professional Learning Suggestions