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Grading subjective formative assessments

May 15, 2013 12:58pm

I'm interested in hearing about teachers' various approaches to grading both formative and summative assessments. I'm particularly interested to hear about how teachers approach grading subjective written responses. I can easily determine if a student has met a learning goal or not, but assigning a numerical grade to that feels arbitrary sometimes. I use rubrics with longer written pieces, but I find that creating a rubric for the short formative assessments is not always practical as these are sometimes created on the spot in response to my students' success with a particular lesson. Thoughts?

  • English Language Arts / Science / Social Studies
  • 6-12
  • Assessment


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    • May 19, 2013 6:27am

      Actually, I haven't made a test in years. I have students make all of the tests and quizzes. I have a great deal of skepticism about that, but after 23 years here, students rise to the occasion when it comes to quizzes and tests. The on;ly formative assignments are monthly essays that I give students, in between the student-made tests and quizzes, and exams. I use a rubric that aligns with the Common Core for the usual elements required in essays, and I let students discuss and be responsible for everything else in the class. I probably give students more authority than most teachers. I have always been teaching that way. It's not so much what I think, I only guide them and facilitate them, but when it comes to their own opinions and the group opinions, their criticism can be harsher than mine.