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What Ethical Issues Lurk in My Grading Policy?

What Ethical Issues Lurk in My Grading Policy?

Assess your current grading practices to ensure they are grounded in fairness and objectivity. Learn about the checks and balances you can apply to your grading policies to ensure they conform to your ethical standards.

Five areas of your grading policy may require an “ethics check”

Ethical questions may not be top of mind when it comes to your grading policies, but you don’t have to dig deep to find them. Consider, for example: What are the consequences of being too easy a grader? Too hard a grader? Where might your grading approach be less than objective? Are you unknowingly letting bias seep in? Are grades truly reflecting what students know and are able to do? Are you measuring the right things or just what's convenient?

These and related issues are explored in the 20-Minute Mentor What Ethical Issues Lurk in My Grading Policy?, a thoughtful examination by Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D., editor of The Teaching Professor newsletter and a longtime college teacher.

In her eye-opening presentation, Dr. Weimer examines five specific areas where ethical issues should be a concern, including the:

  1. The appropriateness and fairness of your grading standards
  2. The objectivity of your grading
  3. The accuracy of your grading as a measure of student performance
  4. The impact of grading policies on student learning behavior
  5. The consequences of your grading for students’ major/career aspirations

You’ll find that, far from being a “given,” setting and adhering to practices that are ethical can be a significant challenge.

Let What Ethical Issues Lurk in My Grading Policy? bring the issues into focus — and show you the steps you can take to ensure your grading policies are as grounded in fairness and objectivity as you intend them to be.

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