I have struggled a lot the past few years when it came to giving grades. There were times when I gave students the same grade that were not really on the same level in terms of knowledge and comprehension. Also, I feel that the stronger students should be getting the better grades in the end. Then I came upon a blog post that took the idea of being proficient and high performing into account and has a really neat/easy way to convert the grades.
I will need to create a list of outcomes for each unit (similar to the topics list I made for last year) then go from there. I think this will be a great way to differentiate between the average student and the above average student. I already have a google spreadsheet that allows me to identify those students who are average, mastered, etc. which I will use to help keep track of the outcomes. This idea is standards based grading in a way that makes me happy.
The focus would be on the level of completion for each outcome and how those outcomes fall overall in terms of # of proficient outcomes and # of high performing outcomes. Proficient for me would be - here's a problem, solve. High performing for me would be word problems or added steps or giving the answer and having students create a problem that fits, etc. - high order thinking.
To read more detail on this - check out the blog post:
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