Explaining Our Shift in Grading
This week I have been helping my fellows set up their gradebooks for the second semester using the 4 point rubric grading scale. This can only be done at the start of the year and at the start of the second semester. These teachers who are making the shift are courageously learning how to make new rubrics and assess learning. I want to take this opportunity to make sure everyone clearly knows how to explain why we are making this shift to students and parents. Please realize that this is a researched based instructional practice and we are still learning what this means to us in middle school science classrooms. But the most important thing you need to know is:
We will now be measuring learning instead of completion of assignments.
4 Point Rubrics Simplified
Four point rubrics measure the learning on a four point scale. The four points measure the degree in which the learning objective was met. The image below generalizes the point categories.
Cari Williams has been developing her understanding of The Framework for K-12 Science Teaching and the NGSS through the development of curriculum, collaborative learning experiences with NSTA 3D Learning Cadre Members and as a Science Peer Review Panelist for Achieve. To learn more, please go to