Grading Info 2010-2011
I did mostly stick to what I said I would do. Things I didn't do -
- I got away from the quizzes. I have never been much of a quiz person (don't know why) and I really struggled with this.
- With my Advanced Algebra 2 (and some Calculus) students, they were good about getting help before reassessing. Algebra 2 and the few Math 1 students who reassessed didn't. More about this later.
- I allowed students in the same class to tutor each other. That worked out okay. I should have reinforced this more with the tutor form.
- I did not have students show me the additional practice they did to prepare.
- Google form didn't work out as I hoped.
- I didn't enforce 24 hours before reassessing - I used one school day and that seemed to work out okay.
- Grading is easier and generally less time consuming
- With most of my Advanced Algebra 2 students, I felt they truly tried to learn the concept before reassessing.
- After the initial "what I extra credit can I do" during the first nine weeks, students didn't bother me with "what can I do to bring up my grade" very much. They knew they had to reassess.
- Student grades reflect what they know and are not artificially padded with extra points.
- Students could reasonably bring up their grade - there wasn't as much "hopelessness" about their grades and I think that kept students willing to try, especially when we changed concept areas.
- Right now I am really not happy with the number of students who asked to reassess for tomorrow (my deadline for reassessments). We had tests in 3 of my 5 classes and I have a HUGE list of students who are reassessing tomorrow. I want to yell at them (not that I would yell) "Why didn't you learn it for the test yesterday????" This is really more at my Algebra 2 students - many of whom did poorly on their 2 concept assessment yesterday and it is painfully obvious that they blew off the last week and a half. My Advanced Algebra 2 students who are reassessing seem to be more towards trying to show me that they know it better than they demonstrated on the test, but again, I sense there is some point grubbing/grabbing going on here.
- My Math 1 and Algebra 2 students did not take advantage of reassessing much at all. I only had 4 Math 1 students who reassessed during the course of the year (these students reassessed multiple times). Maybe 1/4 or as much as 1/3 of my Algebra 2 students reassessed during the year (and I have a few who are now reassessing for the very first time tomorrow).
- Calculus and Advanced Algebra 2 students still seem to be grade conscious rather than learning conscious at times.
- Students didn't do well on midterm exams and I'm not hopeful for final exams either (especially since many of them think we were done about 2 weeks ago).
At the end of my day, I complained on twitter and these are some of the thoughts that caught my attention (as well as some other things I am considering):
- @dandersod - two reassessments per day, two days of possible reassessments per week.
- @mctownsley - build re-assessments into req’d assessments for all students, based on standards majority of students still need to learn.
- @arundquist - I've been thinking a lot about this too. For me, they needed a 3/4 by a particular date to be able to reassess. helped a little
- @kaminskiterry - We r planning on only letting our students reassess on a given number of outcomes. Let's say 25. Once hit 25 they are done. Reason for this is we want students to focus on "learning outcomes" not just boosting grade. Want them to focus on most important. We only let them reassess an outcome once. We want them to really prepare before they reassess.
- @druinok - we allow reassessments on certain days only and can only reassess one quiz per session. another issue is the time frame - I stopped my assessments about 1.5 weeks before the end of the grading period
- @21stcenturychem - I dealt with that as well. My one-a-day rule helped a little (one topic, once per day, with one day's notice).
- @MathBratt - I started doing a "last chance" reassessment for students. I make a test of all the LTs. Ss tell me which they wnt 2 do. I highlight them. do it toward the end of the grading period. Not perfect but it helped a bit.
- Instead of students doing the tutor form, I am considering having them do an error analysis of their test and have them submit that to me before allowing a reassessment. This article got me thinking about it. I have never done a good job of going back over their tests with them and although I don't want to spend a whole lot of time on it in class, I do think it's important enough to spend some time on it so they can learn how to figure out what they are doing wrong.
- I have mentioned earlier, I think I am going to do a system similar to Dan Meyer and Kate Nowak's where each skill is assessed twice.
What changes do you like (and why)? Do you have other changes to suggest? I look forward to your comments.