Term

Spring 5-7-2015

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Thesis

Degree Name

MALED

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Terry Gluek

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Lynn Lurvey

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Karen Eidem

Abstract

Properly and fairly assessing student work is an important and timely job. This paper will document the background of traditional grading, along with how standards-­‐based grading benefits teachers, students, and parents. Key pieces of learning around this pertinent topic of assessment come from the current work of Guskey, as well as Wormeli and Reeves. It will also address barriers to standards-­‐ based grading, and what professionals can do to implement this grading system into schools and classrooms, and cover how standards-­‐based grading can be implemented into an English Language Arts classroom in order to give more accurate feedback of student achievement. Tools created by the author include a PowerPoint for parents, a brochure outlining how standards-­‐based grading works, as well as student-­‐friendly resources such as posters and rubrics.

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