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Thursday, October 13 • 3:40pm - 4:20pm
4a) What Does an "A" Mean? An Approach to Meaningful Grading

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The use of formative assessments is rooted in good intentions – make the assignment worth minimal points to emphasize learning over grades. However, any points-based grading scale is somewhat arbitrary. In the spirit of ungrading and specifications grading, a novel grading method was developed that assigns grades by comparing a student’s performance on formative versus summative assignments. Formative assignments are completed with the assistance of self-reflection and instructor feedback whereas summative assignments are completed independently. This allows grading to reflect not only the quality of work but the degree of independence in completing the work.
1.  Explain traditional versus non-traditional grading methods.
2.  Describe how formative and summative assessments can evaluate student independence.
3. Develop a grading scale that has qualitative, inherent meaning.


Stacy Betz

Purdue University Fort Wayne

Thursday October 13, 2022 3:40pm - 4:20pm EDT
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