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As I've been working on the common core spreadsheets (which are almost done), I've been struggling with the grading scale. So, how do you grade things?
I can't remember exactly what it says on our report cards, but I know it's a 5 point scale. It lists the numbers 1-5. Next to 1 I think it says "needs support", above 3 I think it says "developing" and next to 5 I think it says "proficient". This is not quite the same as the standardized test ladder used here, which I think goes: below basic, basic, above basic and (I think) proficient. This is one I'm not an expert at because our first graders don't take the same test.
My first grade team decided to just adapt the old A,B,C,D,F percentages to the numbers and that's how we've been doing grades. In many ways, I hate grades. I'd rather report on student growth rather than percentages, but it is what it is.
So, how do I put grades in? For big projects and writing, I usually use a rubric grid and try to make the final total 20 or 25, so it can easily be converted to a percentage for a grade. For other things I go with a straight percentage of right/possible.
I'm going to try something new and hope it works. I'm hoping I created a button below and I'm going to try a linky party. So, please link up and tell us as much or as little as you want about how you grade!