Assessments- trying to do standards based in a traditional grade system
Hi, I have a problem and I just don’t know how to manage it. I really believe that when I put a grade on a test and hand it back to my students that the number is all they see. If it’s a good number it validates that they can do math and if it’s a low number it validates that they can’t do math. When they see the number they shut down either way and don’t look at the comments or suggestions. They don’t even look what they have gotten wrong. I want to remove the number and do a standards based approach with only comments and do a portfolio day every week where they can pick a standard that they are having difficulty with and work towards mastery. A positive is that I have a very supportive administration and support my vision but I still need to give a grade at the end of the term. I think I will have a lot of push back from parents as well as students. We live in a grade based world and that is what they are used to. We all know that change is difficult for everyone. Can anyone help with suggestions? I can’t see my way around this one. I have changed everything in my classroom because of this site as well as Jo Boaler and everyone else I have been reading and listening to on the podcasts. I spiral my curriculum now. I have my students work on vertical non-permanent surfaces. I try to spark curiosity with Dan Meyer tasks as well as others. We notice and wonder all the time. My groups are always 3 and always chosen randomly. My homework is only review and never new material. My assessment are comprised of half new material and half review material and I try to make connections all over the place. I love it. I think this is the last piece that I need to explore and of course the other pieces will be revamped again and again according to the group that is in front of me. Help! I don’t know how to do change to standards based grading when everyone in my school will be doing it in the traditional way.