A Guide to Implementing Best Practices
Embrace effective grading procedures that have the power to reduce failure rates, encourage learning, and enhance morale. In this three-part guide, the author presents practical strategies teachers and administrators can use to ensure their grading practices center on four essential criteria: fairness, accuracy, specificity, and timeliness. Discover how to gain support for grading reform, navigate implementation challenges, and more.
- Review the importance of fair, accurate, specific, and timely grading practices.
- Learn about the five mistakes educators often make that cause grading reform to fail.
- Understand how to gain the support of stakeholders for grading reform, even when opinions differ.
- Study how bad grading practices waste teachers' time and how improved practices can save time.
- Consider the experiences of schools that have tackled grading challenges.
- Reflect on grading practices and plan improvements using exercises in every chapter.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: FAST Grading: Fair, Accurate, Specific, and Timely
Part I: Building Relationships With Teachers, Parents, and Communities
Chapter 1: Preparing for FAST Grading
Chapter 2: Finding Common Ground in the Grading Debate
Chapter 3: Gaining Teachers' Perspectives on Grading
Part II: Implementing FAST Grading and Improving Best Practices
Chapter 4: Establishing FAST Grading
Chapter 5: Implementing Time-Saving Strategies for Busy Teachers
Chapter 6: Grading Student Behavior
Part III: Considering FAST Feedback Throughout Schools, Systems, and Communities
Chapter 7: Learning From Physical Education and the Arts
Chapter 8: Considering the Contexts of Teaching and Leading
- Exploring Alignment Between Student Self-Assessment and Teacher Assessment
- Identifying and Meeting Expectations
- Considerations for Improving Accuracy of Grading Practices
- Considerations for Improving Timeliness of Feedback
- Determining and Rationalizing Accurate Grades
- Determining and Rationalizing Grades
- Expectations Beyond Standards
- Feedback and Consequences for Academic and Nonacademic Performance
- Identifying Knowledge and Skills
- Identifying Power Standards to Improve Specificity
- Sixth-Grade Opinion and Argumentative Writing Rubric (Use With Group A)
- Sixth-Grade Persuasive Writing Rubric (Use With Group C)
- Sixth-Grade Writing Rubric (Use With Group B)
- Uncovering Biases and Challenges of Expectations Outside Standards
- Considering Consequences for Academic Dishonesty
- Considering Consequences for Student Absences
- Considering Consequences for Tardiness
- Asking for Evidence to Support Conclusions
- Instructional and Leadership Strategies to Support Focus Areas