Tuesday, November 24, 2009

standards-based grading in Spokane

Spokane's elementary schools will now employ a 4-point grading scale based on state standards, the local newspaper reports.
Most elementary students in Spokane Public Schools are seeing their new report cards for the first time this week; instead of A, B, C, D or F, it’s 4, 3, 2 or 1...

Instead of one letter grade for a whole topic, the numbers correlate to specific elements of learning within that topic. Instead of a grade for “writing,” for example, a student might receive separate grades for “writes in complete sentences” and “understands punctuation and capitalization.”
Spokane tested the grading scheme for three years before implementing it district-wide, a smart move.

I hope someday high schools adopt a similar scheme--one that translates directly into a grade point average, rather than the percentage-based adjustments we use now.


Clix said...

I hope so too!

Clix said...

PS - This week's EduCarnival is already up; can I save this post for next week?

Jim Anderson said...

Well... I was going to put a different post in the pipeline about the discussion we've been having at CHS about standards-based grading, which would be more analytical (and personal) than this one. Email me and I can send you a link when it's posted.