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FAST Grading

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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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



Chapter 1

Chapter 4

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8