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ERIC Number: EJ814365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading
Scriffiny, Patricia L.
Educational Leadership, v66 n2 p70-74 Oct 2008
Over the past three years, Patricia L. Scriffiny has transformed the grading system in her high school mathematics classroom by replacing the traditional points-based system with a standards-based system. Instead of assigning points for assignments, she lists student progress toward meeting clearly defined course objectives. In this article, Scriffiny offers seven reasons teachers should abandon the points-based system and adopt standard-based grading: 1. Grades have more meaning under this system. 2. The new system forces teachers to rethink the status quo on such thorny issues as homework. 3. Unlike other challenges schools face, grading is something teachers can control. 4. Standards-based grading reduces meaningless paperwork. 5. The system makes it easier for teachers to adjust instruction. 6. Students get a better understanding of how to measure quality. 7. Standards-based grading can lead to other needed reforms. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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