ERIC Number: EJ963105
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
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How Grading Reform Changed Our School
Erickson, Jeffrey A.
Educational Leadership, v69 n3 p66-70 Nov 2011
In the early 2000s, Minnetonka High School decided that it needed to develop a more consistent, transparent system of grading. The school focused its grading reform efforts on one principle: Grades should reflect only what a student knows and is able to do. As the school staff analyzed their policies and practices, they discovered many practices that were either inflating grades (such as awarding extra credit points or grading on the curve) or deflating grades (such as averaging or penalizing students for misbehavior). In this article, assistant principal Erickson describes how a focus on grading only academic achievement of standards has transformed the school's culture.
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Grading, Educational Change, High Schools, Academic Achievement, School Culture, Professional Development, Summative Evaluation, Formative Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota