Differentiated instruction is a nice idea, but what happens when it comes to assessing and grading students? What’s both fair and leads to real student learning? An internationally recognized expert on grading practices, Rick Wormeli first examined these questions 10 years ago in the first edition of Fair Isn’t Always Equal.
In this thoroughly updated second edition, Rick provides a catalyst for serious reflection on current grading and assessment practices in differentiated classrooms. The book outlines coherent and effective standards-based grading practices for a high-stakes, accountability-focused world. Recognizing the importance of having a shared school vision for assessment and grading, Rick addresses the challenges for teachers and administrators alike.
Educators will find real examples and gray areas of grading. Rick tackles important and sometimes controversial assessment and grading issues constructively, incorporating modern pedagogy and the challenges of working with diverse groups of students. New sections address sports eligibility, honor roll, descriptive feedback techniques, and gifted/talented students. Chapters on test questions, redos/retakes, grading scales, and grading effort and behavior have been revised extensively.
This important book clearly explains the principles behind best grading practices so that you’re ready for all grading questions or realities that you may encounter in your classrooms and schools.