Opinions on Standards-Based Grading
Recently, one of the middle schools in our district went to Standards-Based Grading, which has caused much debate amongst the math teachers in our district. While I can philosophically see SOME benefits in terms of being more specific and descriptive about which skills are mastered, teachers are concerned with how the district executes this philosophy.
Currently, students can theoretically make up any standard from throughout the year, no matter how far back. There is no requirement for work to be done before a reassessment is granted, and there is no consequence gradewise for mastering the standard later versus doing it correctly the first time.
Teachers report that it has caused a huge increase in work (making new problems, managing all the kids making up all different tasks), and they worry that students may be tempted to slack off instead of working hard the first time because they know that they can always just reassess.
So what are people's thoughts on the issue?