Truth in Grading:Troubling Issues with Learning Assessment

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In the past decade, an unprecedented trend toward accountability has emerged in American public education. With the advent of computerized grading, stakeholders often have instant access to student grades. Consequently, teacher grading practices are under intense scrutiny. Since 2004, Truth in Grading has been helping schools avoid problems and potentially serious consequences that can result from flawed or careless assessment practices. A practical guide, Truth in Grading assists educators in developing and ...
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Overview

In the past decade, an unprecedented trend toward accountability has emerged in American public education. With the advent of computerized grading, stakeholders often have instant access to student grades. Consequently, teacher grading practices are under intense scrutiny. Since 2004, Truth in Grading has been helping schools avoid problems and potentially serious consequences that can result from flawed or careless assessment practices. A practical guide, Truth in Grading assists educators in developing and improving learning assessment practices.
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Michael Cheatham
With competition for slots in American universities increasing, the examination of how to evaluate student effort and work should be thoughtfully reconsidered by every teacher. As a veteran teacher, I found that Truth in Grading presented excellent questions and ideas to be pondered. Since educators are about teaching, learning, and what is best for students, this topic deserves a more careful examination. For those who want to ensure fair and accurate evaluations for every student, Truth in Grading is a must read!
Susan M. White
Truth in Grading is a great professional tool for any staff ready to examine the teaching profession's dark little secrets with regard to ineffective or inaccurate grading practices. It masterfully examines this issue from both teacher and administrator points-of-view. Common problems with current practice are clearly outlined, and the foundation for teachers and administrators to create their own applicable solutions are provided.
Trudy Sowar
As our state moves forward with the implementation of rigorous, standards-based curriculum, it is critical that a discussion of the purpose and process of grading and assessment take place. Truth in Grading provided the catalyst for our conversation in Paulding County.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595316014
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/10/2004
  • Pages: 116
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2005

    Good Resource for Teachers

    Truth in Grading indeed. This book is relevant for beginning teachers and veterans alike. To my knowledge, grading practices have never been broken apart in such a practical manner before. You'll be able to get through this book in two or three sittings, and it'll give you and your colleagues something to really sink your teeth into.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2004

    New Teacher Friendly

    Truth in Grading is a very readable book (especially considering the content). As a new teacher who didn't receive much training in practical matters during my undergrad studies, I thought I only needed to read this for help in setting up my grading system. It goes much deeper than that, and helped to focus me on the important aspects of making sure that I am assessing what I am teaching--and teaching what is important! Funny thing is, the veterans at my school have 'stolen' the book for their own use. Now I know what to get my mentor for Christmas this year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2004

    Timely Publication

    I highly recommend this book for every teacher and administrator (and maybe even parents). About 5 years ago, our school began using an electronic grade progam. Now parents can even access their child's 'real-time' grade through my gradebook by logging on to the Internet. This is a good thing, but as more parents gain access, the more they seem to scrutinize (and question) grading practices. Some teachers at my school are finding that they are having difficulty defending the grades they assign. This book couldn't be written in a more timely manner for me and my colleagues. The department heads formed a book group at my school and are using it for staff development. Next year, my principal is buying a copy for every faculty member, and we're going to be group leaders for our departments. We're barely one quarter into the new school-year, and I've already begun to see a marked decrease in the number of parent phone calls and emails (in case you're wondering, that's a good thing!). The authors'insightful approach to authentic assessment is simple, but thorough. If you are a teacher, you probably don't even know that you need this book. You just accept the phone calls and emails as 'normal.' Believe me, life is much easier if you have a well thought-out plan in place for your grading practices. If you don't want to spend the money on the book, encourage your department head or administrator to do it.

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