All across the country, teachers are suddenly learning that their grading practices are rubbish.
“What does a 72 even mean?” they are asked in PowerPoint presentations delivered by well-paid consultants fromGates and Nellie Mae-sponsored nonprofits. “The problem is that it doesn’t mean anything.”
Then they find out that it’s actually even worse than that. Teachers, the consultants explain to the teachers, have been factoring behavior into the grades they assignand it is damaging children irreparably. (Of course, you should be grading behavior, they say – all that social emotional stuff is very valuable data- but you must keep it separate.)
Finally, teachers are told that the real issue at hand is ethics. Our current practice of assigning A’s and B’s is simply wrong. (Just ask grading “expert” Douglas Reeves – and be sure to overlook his own history of significant ethical breaches.)
Teachers, of course, who…
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