Student Learning Essay

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Reporting Student Learning
The reading, “Reporting Student Learning,” written by Ken O’Connor and Rick Wormeli is about their belief that there is four primary characteristics of effective grading. Grades should be accurate, consistent, meaningful and supportive of learning. The authors go into great detail about these four characteristics (Wormeli, 2011).
The authors state that when students do group work the problem is that we’re not sure where one student’s influence ends and another’s begin. It is rare when collaborative projects provide opportunity to determine individual learning regarding specific learner outcome. We must assess students outside the group project to see what each one takes away from the experience. The authors
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If we are required to average grades, a single missing assignment – a zero – one the 100 point scale disproportionately skews the report. The authors explain that providing separate scores for each major standard. If we are required to average grades, a single missing assignment – a zero – one the 100 point scale disproportionately skews the report. The authors explain that providing separate scores for each major standard or outcome within the discipline would provide a more accurate and effective grading. The authors also think that you should separate nonacademic elements from academic elements(Wormeli, 2011). I would love to do this type of grading. However, when it came time for report card time, I would need some guidance on how I would report out because my school still does the same old grading system.
A pure standards-based system would have only two levels of performance – proficient or not proficient. However, at most grade levels we may want to identify additional levels, such as above proficient, below but close to proficient, and well below proficient. This would result in a four-level system. The right number of levels is a lot closer to 2 than to 100 – which is why we should eliminate the percentage system because it’s incompatable with a standards based system. Once there is an agreement on the number of levels, schools and districts need to develop and publish clear generic

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