Is Your District Changing its Grading Policy? Here’s the Real Reason Why.

Emily Talmage Blog

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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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

2 thoughts on “Is Your District Changing its Grading Policy? Here’s the Real Reason Why.”

  1. What about the schools that are on a ten point scale…..where a 60 is passing?!?!?! WTF?!?!?!

    So you can be practically a moron and still pass a class with a 60%. Ri-God-Damn-diculous!!!


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