Grades inform monumental decisions about our students–course placement, interventions, promotion and retention, athletic eligibility, scholarships and financial aid, graduation and college admissions — and inform a student’s self-concept and psychological well-being. Yet grading practices often vary widely from teacher to teacher and can be a source of intense stress for our students and families. Even worse, many common grading practices, created during the Industrial Revolution, are imbued with institutional and implicit biases that undermine our equity work. Without a shared understanding of the most effective and equitable practices, we can inadvertently perpetuate achievement and opportunity gaps among our students. In this workshop, learn about grading practices that are accurate, bias-resistant, and motivational, and the power of these practices for student learning and more equitable classrooms and schools. Participants will leave with concrete ways that they can apply and integrate these ideas into their schools and classrooms.
By attending this session, attendees will leave with…
- An understanding of how traditional grading practices undermine effective teaching and learning, and undermine equity in the classroom.
- Familiarity with a sampling of grading practices that make grades more accurate and equitable
- Concrete ways that they can apply and integrate these ideas into their schools and classrooms
*It is recommended that participants come as school teams that include both teacher(s) and leaders(s).
Presenter: Joe Feldman