Standards-Based Learning, Assessing, Grading and ReportingWednesday, November 2, 2022
We know moving from a “traditional” grading system to one that is based on standards (and how students are achieving in relation to those standards)…
In support of our mission to improve student learning and achievement for all students, we address the current circumstances facing our schools in responding to the growing public rejection of racial inequity in American society and call for societal changes that ensure equity of opportunity and safety for Black students and other people of color.
Effective grading can support students to become independent, self-directed learners and get the full benefits of high-quality teaching and assessment. Grades can provide important information for students, parents, teachers, and others; but to be useful, grades must be meaningful, accurate, consistent, and supportive of learning. As schools move away from traditional grading practices toward more effective practices, a number of “hot button” issues cause difficulties and sometimes derail implementation. Concurrently, a growing body of research shows the positive effects of rich, descriptive feedback to support learners and the positive ways the brain responds to information about progress. Ken O’Connor, international expert on the topic of effective standards-based grading and reporting, will address the positive challenges and current tensions associated with grading and reporting and the impact to students and their teachers. Arthur Chiaravalli, a leading practitioner voice for the benefit of fewer summative marks and more descriptive feedback to students, will augment this session with a practitioner’s perspective.
This session will address these questions: