Strategies for Diving into Successful Grading Reform

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ASCD Express

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Grading, Gradeless, Teachers, Strategies


The era of grading reform is in full swing. Teachers throughout the country are critically analyzing their grading practices and the effect grading has on student learning and productivity. As an educator who implemented alternative grading over a decade ago, I am thrilled to see this movement gaining steam as more and more teachers are implementing grading systems not based on traditional 100-point scales and percentages. If you are weighing the possibility of going gradeless in your own classroom or adopting some other alternative grading system, allow me to present some of the issues at stake, address some common hesitancies teachers typically relate, and offer some tips for success that I have gleaned in my years of alternative grading.