By Jessica Lahey – Letter grades communicate precious little about the process of learning a given subject. That ‘B’ says nothing about the specific skills John has (or has not) learned in a given class, or if he can apply that learning to other contexts.
Teachers are trapped in a Catch-22. For all the effort, time, and best intentions teachers invest in those reams of grade reports, we are lying to ourselves and to our students’ parents, cheating our students out of clear and accurate feedback on their academic process, and contributing to the greater illusion that grades are an accurate reflection of skill mastery. more> http://tinyurl.com/m8a3xtk
- Why College Supply Matters, Eduardo Porter, NYTimes.com