An SBG Finals Idea

How about this for an idea for finals within a Standards Based Grading context:

Instead of giving a separate test or final, students may request to take certain standard.  Let’s say Alice is okay with “Fractions”, but needs to work on “Decimals” and “Linear Equations” (grossly oversimplified standards, but just for the sake of example, bear with me).  Alice can choose which ones she wants to retake so she doesn’t have to “worry” about Fractions. It’s basically a student-initiated assessment which is compulsory for students who are too low on their standards.

Some notes:

  • This would be in the context of a class that has already “spiraled”, meaning, Alice has already repeatedly shown that she’s fine with Fractions–the teacher isn’t relying on a single quiz or test she took 4 months ago.  By “repeatedly” I mean for that to include that the class has spiraled back on that standard within the last month.
  • The grade-book is one that takes into consideration more than just the most recent standard. Right now my plan is to average the most recent two, which rewards students who have studied and repeatedly shown that they’ve met standards.  This would prevent students from jumping from 0% to 100% on any standard.
  • Students grades can go down!  This is so a student doesn’t request to take all the standards and just pick and choose the one he/she remembers so that they might (shot in the dark) increase their grade.  They have to be confident of what they’re doing.
  • Perhaps I’ll include that students must attempt a certain # of standards.  However, if the spiraling has been successful, “not having a final” would be a nice reward for students who have worked hard and already demonstrated mastery on all the standards (how often does this occur?).

I think I like this better than my last idea for SBG finals. Even though Hedge (@approx_normal) favorited my tweet, getting favorited by “Captain Bad Idea” is a little like being applauded by Captain Obvious for an observation…

As always, please leave critical feedback, especially if you’ve tried this before.

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