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What Is Essential in a Grading Policy?

What Is Essential in a Grading Policy?

Learn the merits of absolute grading versus grading on a curve, the pluses and minuses of letter-based and point-based grading, and whether—and how—to properly weight assignments across a semester.

Important insights on critical grading questions

New teachers need to decide—and experienced teachers sometimes need to reassess—what their grading policy is going to be.

It’s not a trivial matter: Grading policy can be an important driver of what students learn, how they learn it, and how successfully they master the content and competencies your courses are meant to impart.

Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D., says there are three fundamental decisions you need to make about your grading policy, and she provides a thoughtful analysis of them in What Is Essential in a Grading Policy?

In this insight-filled Magna 20-Minute Mentor program, you’ll consider the merits of absolute grading versus grading on a curve, the pluses and minuses of letter-based and point-based grading, and whether—and how—to properly weight assignments across a semester.

Along the way, you’ll discover how a grading policy can shape student behavior—sometimes in ways conducive to healthy learning, and sometimes not.

It’s knowledge you need in order to establish the most appropriate and meaningful grading policies for your courses, to encourage learning, to keep students engaged, and to properly recognize their performance.

Make sure your grading policies merit an A+ (or a 100, as the case may be); order What Is Essential in a Grading Policy? today!

Product Code: PM15PA | Date Recorded: 7-20-15

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