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Effective Grading Practices for Secondary Teachers

Practical Strategies to Prevent Failure, Recover Credits, and Increase Standards-Based/Referenced Grading
Effective Grading Practices for Secondary Teachers is written with direct format that highlights samples of practices, programs and activities that support implementation of grading systems.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483319896
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2015
  • Page Count: 312
  • Publication date: February 27, 2015

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Enact innovative grading systems that more accurately describe student progress!

This book challenges traditional grading practices and provides alternatives that can have direct impact on student success. By making subtle shifts toward standards based grading systems, schools can reduce unnecessary course failures, provide students and their families a more accurate picture of current progress, and increase opportunities for success. The author offers a range of grading reform strategies that are built from practical frameworks that are effective and simple to adapt.

Among the many strengths of this book are:

  • Practical application of existing research and evidence base for effective secondary grading reforms
  • A framework for schools and districts to apply and adapt failure prevention strategies such as early failure detection, Amnesty Days, and meaningful stipulated second chance opportunities for students to reach mastery
  • Functional strategies and actions for shifting toward standards-based (referenced) grading without entirely abandoning letter grades
  • Countering resistance to change through a-clearly-articulated plan for conducting school-wide and classroom level action research around the effectiveness of new or adjusted grading practices

"Informative and pragmatic, this book is spot on with analysis of this elephant in the room issue. Nagel uses both empathy and humor in getting to the heart of a process to generate real solutions while underscoring the ultimate need for teacher voice in any successful implementation. He provides ready-made strategies for real, impactful change. I'm left hopeful that feedback will rule the day!"
Bruce Potter, Superintendent
Berkshire UFSD

"Nagel offers an insightful and articulate voice to secondary improvement and alignment through grading practices. His tried and true methods through working with real districts provides a starting place and examples for others to follow. A must-read for anyone serious about ensuring student engagement through meaningful feedback."
Debra K. Howe, Superintendent
Tri-Creek School Corporation


Key features

(1) Assist schools and districts in understanding how to create empowering grading policies that are driven by effective grading practice implementation.

(2) Guides secondary teachers and leaders in implementing effective strategies to prevent unnecessary course failures such as: MEA2EC-It-Happen (Missing Essential Assignment / Assessment Extended Chance) Programs, Effective Use of Homework, Early Final Exams, and Amnesty Days

(3) Addresses approaches to credit recovery such as extending the semester, "re-culturizing" summer school, and on-line credit recovery.

(4) Provides concrete examples to increase standards-based grading without having to abandon current system of letter grade reporting.

(5) Guides leaders and teacher teams in conducting action research to measure the impact of grading reforms on both student achievement and behaviors.

(6) Includes numerous examples of successful practices and programs that have been enacted in a range of secondary settings.

(7) Includes specific adaptable grading practices and policies that support effective implementation of the Common Core Standards.



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Dave Nagel

Dave Nagel, MsED, is an international educational consultant and researcher. Dave began his educational career as a middle school science and high school biology teacher. His administrative experiences involved middle school assistant principal, high school associate principal, and director of extended day and credit-recovery programs. He was honored numerous times as a ‘Senior Choice’ winner, where graduating seniors selected him as someone who dramatically affected their life in a positive way. Dave has credentials in school leadership and secondary science teaching as well as a master of science degree from Butler University. Dave is the author of Effective Grading Practices for Secondary Teachers and the co-author of The PLC+ Activator’s Guide and PLC+: A Playbook for Instructional Leaders.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jeffrey A. Erickson


About the Author


Part I: Why Changing Grading at the Secondary Level Is a Tough Sell

1. Grading: Long Perceived as the One Immovable Element in a Constantly Evolving Field

2. Determining Why Grading Changes Are Needed

Part II: Practice Trumps Policy

3. Policy: The Starting Point, Not the Destination Finder

4. Policy Into Practices: The Path to Effective Grading

Part III: Grading Practices to Prevent Failure, Recover Credits, and Increase Grading on Standards

5. Preventing Unnecessary Failure

6. What Do We Do When Failure Does Happen? Effective Credit Recovery

7. Standards-Based Grading

Part IV: Elements for Successful Implementation

8. Determining What (Could) Change

9. Implementation: Setting Up and Conducting Action Research






Price: $31.95
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