Deciding What to Grade

One of the advantages of a balanced assessment plan is that you have a variety of ways to assess students' needs and evaluate their progress. As you look through your assessment materials -- portfolios, formal assessment tests, informal checklists, anecdotal records, running records, and learning logs -- you will see not only records of the reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing skills students have mastered but also their growth and history as learners. How then do you decide what to "translate" into a letter grade? And how do you build a scoring/grading system that accurately reflects the developmental process of learning? There is no single correct answer to these questions. You'll want to select an approach with which you feel comfortable.

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