Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Assessment: Timing is everything


How often are our assessments affected by nothing more or less than timing?

This comic made me think of my two favorite quotes in regards to grading:
A mark or grade is an inadequate report of an inaccurate judgement by a biased and variable judge of the extent to which a student has attained an indefinite amount of material. (Paul Dressel)


What grades offer is spurious precision, a subjective rating masquerading as an objective assessment. (Alfie Kohn)






1 comment:

  1. The most recent issue of ASCD's Education Leadership (which just arrived in my mailbox today) addresses grading. There are articles by Alfie Kohn, Thomas Guskey, and Rick Wormeli among others. I haven't dug deeply into it yet, but it gives me hope for the mainstream conversation.

    http://ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/nov11/vol69/num03/toc.aspx

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