Practical Solutions for Serious Problems in Standards-Based Grading

ISBN-10: 1412967252

ISBN-13: 9781412967259

Edition: 2009

Authors: Thomas R. Guskey

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As schools increasingly focus on standards-based educational requirements, many educators face significant issues about equitable grading policies for diverse student populations. This edited volume distinguishes critical concerns around standards-based grading from those less consequential and describes the research base for each issue as it relates to grading and reporting. Relating the research to implications for better practice, the contributors offer specific suggestions for improving grading policies and practices at the school and classroom levels. Their insightful essays offer practical responses for serious questions such as: Why is grading inconsistent across states and districts? Why do students report card grades and classroom performance vary? How can teachers assign fair and accurate grades to students with special learning needs? How can educators assign fair and accurate grades to English Language Learners and effectively communicate the meaning of those grades to parents or guardians? What are the legal issues that influence grading and reporting policies in an era of high-stakes accountability?
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 8/6/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 136
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Thomas R. Guskey, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he began his career in education as a middle school teacher, served as an administrator in Chicago Public Schools, and was the first Director of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning, a national educational research center. He is the author/editor of 18 books and over 200 articles published in prominent research journals as well as Educational Leadership, Kappan, and School Administrator. Dr. Guskey served on the Policy Research Team of the National Commission on Teaching & America's Future, on the Task Force to develop the National Standards for Staff Development, and recently was named a Fellow in the American Educational Research Association, which also honored him in 2006 for his outstanding contribution relating research to practice. His most recent books include Developing Standards-Based Report Cards (2010), Practical Solutions for Serious Problems in Standards-Based Grading (Ed.) (2009), The Principal as Assessment Leader (Ed.) (2009), The Teacher as Assessment Leader (Ed.) (2009), and Benjamin S. Bloom: Portraits of an Educator (Ed.) (2006).

The Difficulty of Change
Background and Format
Content Summary
Our Hope
Grading Policies That Work Against Standards...and How to Fix Them
Grading "On the Curve"
Selecting the Class Valedictorian
Using Grades as a Form of Punishment
Using Zeros in Grading
Hodgepodge Grading
The Challenges of Grading and Reporting in Special Education: An Inclusive Grading Model
Why Does Special Education Grading Matter?
Grading Adaptations
Implications of Standards-Based Grading
Inclusive Grading Model
Determine If Accomodations or Modifications Are Needed
Establish Standards for Modified Areas
Determine the Need for Additional Goals
Apply Equivalent Grading Practices to Appropriate Standards
Communicate the Meaning of the Grades
Assigning Fair, Accurate, and Meaningful Grades to Students Who Are English Language Learners
Challenges of Grading Students Who Are English Language Learners
Special Considerations
Current Research and Knowledge Base
Recommendations for Effective Communication
Implications for Educational Policy and Practice
Steps Toward Better Practice
Legal Issues of Grading in the Era of High-Stakes Accountability
Current Research and Knowledge Base
What Is a Grade and Who Assigns It?
Students and Legal Issues in Grading
Due Process and Equal Protection
Grade Reductions
Teachers and Legal Issues in Grading
First Amendment
Implications for Policy and Practice
Grade Penalties
Appeals Policies and Due Process
Educator Responsibilities
Recommendations for Improvement
Fostering Consistency Between Standards-Based Grades and Large-Scale Assessment Results
Description of the Problem
Overview of Standards-Based Grading in the District
Understanding Teachers' Assessment Styles
Assessing Most Standards
Grading on Achievement, Not Effort
Creating or Borrowing Assessments to Supplement Text-Provided Tests
Tracking Performance Skill-by-Skill
Focusing on Attainment of Standards Instead of the District Text
Grading With End-of-Unit Assessments
Other Grading Strategies
Focus on Overall Achievement
Frequency of Assessment for Grading Purposes
Multiple Assessment Approaches
Clear Grading Methods
Changes in Report Card Format
Organizing for Standards-Based Grading
Lack of Alignment Between District-Adopted Texts and State Standards
Skepticism From Parents and Teachers
Approaches to Organizing Grade Books
Using Diagnostic, Formative, and Summative Assessments
Separating Content Area Grades From Effort
Selecting a Method for Computing Grades
Differentiate Teaching to the Standards From Teaching to the Assessment
Synthesis of Issues and Implications
Current Grading Practices
Key Role of Teacher Judgment
The Fundamental Purpose of Standards-Based Grading
Validity of Standards-Based Grading
Fairness in Standards-Based Grading
Standards-Based Grading and Student Motivation
Student Standards-Based Self-Grading
Standards-Based Grading and Feedback
Where Do We Go From Here?
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