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ERIC Number: EJ963098
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
No Penalties for Practice
Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy; Pumpian, Ian
Educational Leadership, v69 n3 p46-51 Nov 2011
Teachers and administrators at Health Sciences High and Middle College in San Diego, California, wanted to create a grading system that reflected understanding while still encouraging students to practice. They developed course competencies, or performance assessments, that teachers use to measure what students know and can do with the concepts they've been taught. Competencies comprise such activities as oral presentations, projects, performances, and writing. The faculty voted that practice work would not contribute to students' grades, but rather that grades would be based entirely on students' demonstration of understanding as measured by the performance assessments. As a result, homework completion rates, grade point averages, and the pass rate on the high school exit exam have all substantially improved. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California