Article (by Alfie Kohn)
The Case Against Grades
The Effects of Grading
* Grading orientation is antithetical to learning orientation
* Grades promote low hanging fruits
* Grades reduce the quality of students’ thinking.
Why Grading Is Inherently Problematic
* Motivation (extrinsic)
* Achievement (as destination rather than the journey)
* Quantification (what about the quality?)
* Curriculum (so what if test is good, but teaching sucks?)
Improving Grading: A Fool’s Errand?
* It’s not enough to replace letters or numbers with labels
* It’s not enough to tell students in advance exactly what’s expected of them.
* It’s not enough to disseminate grades more efficiently
* It’s not enough to add narrative reports
* It’s not enough to use “standards-based” grading
Deleting — or at Least Diluting — Grades
* is it in the best interest of the student
* better get used to it ???
* only qualitative feedback
* students asked to contribute to final grade
* meaningful assessment vs just get “A”
* without grades, relationship with students is better
* self-assessments, authentic assessment
* Grades don’t prepare children for the “real world”
* interest in learning, quality of thinking
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