Mon. Nov 4, 2013
Today marks the end of the first quarter. A day that is dreaded by all Standards Based Graders living in a points based world. I have spent restless days and restless nights trying to figure out how to turn all of the data I’ve collected about how well the students know chemistry or physics into a single symbol to represent learning.
How does this become an A, B, C, D or F? Is it subjective? Do I just look and give it the “eye test?” Can I be biased? How can I make it objective and fair?
I defiantly do not believe I have the perfect system, I also don’t think any single letter grade system is perfect. But since it needs to be done I had to come up with something. Here is the formula I use:
In words: Students start at a 50% for having a pulse. The number of core goals mastered divided by core goals possible makes up the next 25%, Intermediate goals are 15%, and finally the Advanced goals are 10%.
Using Activegrade you can export the Gradebook into Excel and then run this formula. It takes a little bit to get set up the first time, but then it gives me a percentage for each student.