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Assessments provide information about what students know or are able to, and teachers can perform assessments before, during, and after instruction. At their best, assessments can help teachers improve students' learning by uncovering areas of misunderstanding or lack of understanding. To report on assessment data, grading assigns values to the results as a record of students' ability, achievement, or progress. It's important to note that assessments aren't always used for grading purposes.
EL Takeaways: Seven Things to Remember About Feedback (PDF) from the collective wisdom of authors published in the September 2012 issue of Educational Leadership: “Feedback for Learning.” (Volume 70, Issue 1).
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After careful research and years of experience with grading as a teacher and a parent, Cathy Vatterott examines and debunks traditional practices and policies of grading in K–12 schools.
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