Commentary: Grading Standards Can Elevate Teaching

Grid notebook paper with an A+ grade written in the corner with a fountain pen.

Education Week | November 2014

With the common-core transition in full swing, we are in the midst of a radical shift in how we think about our K-12 standards, curriculum, and instructional strategies. Districts are spending most of their professional-development time and resources helping teachers and instructional leaders with these profound changes. There is one overlooked aspect of teacher practice, however, that is generally neglected in our common-core professional development: grading.

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