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Making Grades Matter

Maximize learning by making grades more meaningful and motivating to students. With the support of this practical guide, professional learning communities (PLCs) will discover a clear road map for implementing a standards-based grading system at the secondary level. The authors provide all of the actionable ideas and tools needed to not only transition to this improved system but to achieve the greatest possible success with it.

Benefits

  • Study the foundational theories behind the standards-based grading system and how it interacts with and is supported by the PLC process.
  • Learn how to use grades to effectively communicate students’ mastery of learning standards.
  • See what makes ungraded homework and independent practice a better tool to improve learning and enhance students’ motivation to study.
  • Understand the value of allowing students multiple opportunities to demonstrate their learning when taking assessments.
  • Gain valuable insights for administrators and leaders into the multiyear journey of implementing standards-based grading.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: Standards-Based Grading in a Professional Learning Community
Chapter 2: How Grades Communicate Current Levels of Learning
Chapter 3: How Homework Serves as Ungraded Practice
Chapter 4: How to Provide Students With Multiple Opportunities to Demonstrate Their Learning
Chapter 5: Criteria for Administrators and Leaders Implementing Standards-Based Grading
Appendix A: Standards-Based Grading Implementation Continua and Action-Plan Templates
Appendix B: Other Resources

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Introduction

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Appendix A

SUGGESTED RESOURCES

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