Assessment- How should we measure progress?

“A grade is an inadequate report of an inaccurate judgment of a biased and variable judge of the extent to which a student has attained an undefined level of mastery of an unknown proportion of an indefinite amount of material.”

-Paul Dressell, Michigan State University


“Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted, counts.”



“I remember the first time that a grading rubric was attached to a piece of my writing….Suddenly all the joy was taken away.  I was writing for a grade — I was no longer exploring for me.  I want to get that back.  Will I ever get that back?”

                                                   — Claire, a student (in Olson, 2006)

 -Taken from The Case Against Grades, Alfie Kohn

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