But I’m doing it anyway. I really want to go all-in on standards based grading this year, and this seems like the best way to do it. I’m a little freaked out because school has already started and this is a big change. But I don’t see any way around it:
- I want my kids focusing on learning and not points, and I don’t think my regular gradebook can do that. I have ActiveGrade set to show the students their learning target scores, but NOT their overall grade. It seems like this feature is crucial to have in a standards based gradebook. I think when they log in to a regular gradebook and see “B”, they think “ok I’m fine” but maybe there are some skills they really need to work on.
- I need to be able to enter multiple assessments under each standard. I plan to start with a five question multiple choice quiz and a constructed response item for every learning target. If a student does poorly on either of those, they will have other opportunities to show me mastery. They could do this by working a problem on a whiteboard, teaching someone else how to work a problem, making a quick video, or any number of other ways I haven’t thought of yet. So I need to be able to enter “individual assessments.” My normal gradebook won’t do that. With ActiveGrade, I can enter new grades for a single student on a single standard.
- I want to give quality feedback and start a conversation about learning. My normal gradebook has teacher comments, but it’s not a two way conversation. ActiveGrade not only allows me to give feedback on any assessment, but it provides a way for students, parents, and advisers to talk back. This back and forth seems necessary to make this whole thing work. And I especially think my special ed teachers will love being a part of the conversation more often (not just during IEP meetings).
If you’re already using ActiveGrade, got any tips or advice for me?