On Grades and Grading: Supporting Student Learning through a More Transparent and Purposeful Use of Grades

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Educators will find both concrete strategies for improving their grading systems and policies and, perhaps most importantly, a rich resource for improving student learning. Ultimately, Quinn hopes to create a world in which students, parents, and teachers all pay more attention to learning and less to grades themselves. 

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This readable, practical book by an experienced and dedicated educator is a MUST read for all teachers, novices and veterans alike, who have ever grappled with the issues surrounding grades and grading in the classroom. Tim addresses all of the major concerns with respect to grading, providing insightful suggestions as well as presenting potential counter arguments along the way. This book could easily serve as a cornerstone for any professional development program at the secondary level or as a launching point for fruitful and necessary discussions within academic departments or an entire faculty.--Scott MacClintic, director of the Kravis Center for Excellence in Teaching at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT

On Grades and Gradingtakes the position that gradesin schools shouldsupport and enhance student learning.This is absolutely the right foundationto set.Quinn s workhelps readersponder how their own grading practices support and enhance student learning andif not, what they might do about it andI recommendit to all educatorsinterestedin taking that journey.--Susan M. Brookhart, Ph.D., senior research associate, Center for Advancing the Study of Teaching and Learning, Duquesne University

For several years, I had the pleasure of working alongside Tim Quinn. His enthusiasm for the learning process and willingness to explore the conventional boundaries of contemporary independent education was inspiring. Tim's dedication to research-based theory and principles was evident in his work as an English teacher and as faculty mentor. Tim's commitment to data driven inquiry is no less evident in this work on grading. While almost ubiquitous in the American education experience, grading is a challenging, often nebulous, concern. Quinn covers important issues such as formative and summative assessment, collaboration, self-assessment, and rubrics. He treats each topic with care and balance and brings grading into a workable realm of options supported by philosophical underpinnings. Quinn's book is a must read for all new teachers and for the veteran looking to expand upon principles of good practice.--Bill Sistare, director of studies and director of the Westminster Teaching Initiative, Westminster School

On Grades and Gradingbridges the theoretical and the practical. In an age dominated by increasingly high-stakes assessments, students are--for better or for worse--constantly labeled, grouped, and judged by scores and grades. Yet is the practice of assigning these grades meaningful, or simply a relic of previous decades and antiquated educational models? It is imperative that educators explore more deeply the array of measurements we thrust upon students; Quinn's book forces just such an examination.On Gradeswill compel you to evaluate the origins of your grading methods and--far more importantly--the effects of these practices on your students.--Daniel Hershel, English Department Chair, Spaulding High School, Barre, Vermont

Defining success is a risky business because discussions can be quite subjective, but educators, whether they know if or not, are in the success business. Those of us who get a good education are supposed to be successful; it is axiomatic. With that in mind the art and science of grading becomes an essential tool of the educator. Mr. Quinn's easy to read and practical study of grades and grading guides educators in refining their approach and ultimately ensuring their intended outcomes in the classroom and beyond.--Katherine G. Windsor, Head of School, Miss Porter's School, Farmington, CT

While schooling in our society has evolved to incorporate new technologies, promote 21st Century Skills, and utilize research-based 'best practices, ' the systems used for grading remain archaic practices that typically lack acceptable measures of reliability and validity. As Quinn aptly states, 'We are a nation addicted to grades, and we are obsessed with them for all the wrong reasons.' This seminal work forces us to confront our own pathology, and then frees us to rethink our practices by offering strategies for grading that focus on learning. I hope this book finds itself onto the desk of every teacher, administrator, and stakeholder so critical conversations can start taking place.--Marek Beck, Ph.D., director of professional development, Greenwich Country Day School, adjunct professor, Fordham University, chairman of commission on professional development, Connecticut Association of Independent Schools

Timothy Quinn's scholarly but succinct and readable study, On Grades and Grading: Supporting Student Learning through a More Transparent and Purposeful Use of Grades, provides educators and parents a wonderful window on the true purpose of grading, its misuse, and strategies to re-align grading away from 'sorting' of students for honor rolls and college admissions and back to providing data and feedback to students in service to their growth and progress along a learning continuum. In Part I, the book makes the case for three purposes for the judicious use of grading: to generate data upon which decisions can be made about future practice; to motivate students; and to provide them with feedback. In doing so, Quinn addresses the challenges of preoccupation with grades (students and parents and colleges) for sorting purposes, in which teachers should have little interest or commitment. He shares useful distinctions on grades vs. assessments vs. feedback; on normative vs. formative assessments; on grades as motivator or de-motivators; on the effect of grades in promoting a fixed or growth mindset; etc.: i.e. a comprehensive review of the controversies and conundrums regarding the topic. His conclusion: by de-emphasizing grades (and emphasizing learning), the appropriate use of grades can paradoxically improve achievement, the difference between developing talent and selecting it. In Part II, Quinn elucidates clearly the various topics that educators endlessly debate: grade inflation; numbers vs. letter grades; summative grading; failing grades; retakes & rewrites; grading behavior and dispositions; grading collaborative work; self-grading; technology & grading. Overall: I'd grade the book as "Mastery (100% or A+)--Pat Bassett, President, National Association of Independent Schools

On Grades and Grading takes the position that grades in schools should support and enhance student learning. This is absolutely the right foundation to set. Quinn's work helps readers ponder how their own grading practices support and enhance student learning - and if not, what they might do about it - and I recommend it to all educators interested in taking that journey.--Susan M. Brookhart, Ph.D., senior research associate, Center for Advancing the Study of Teaching and Learning, Duquesne University

On Grades and Grading bridges the theoretical and the practical. In an age dominated by increasingly high-stakes assessments, students are--for better or for worse--constantly labeled, grouped, and judged by scores and grades. Yet is the practice of assigning these grades meaningful, or simply a relic of previous decades and antiquated educational models? It is imperative that educators explore more deeply the array of measurements we thrust upon students; Quinn's book forces just such an examination. On Grades will compel you to evaluate the origins of your grading methods and--far more importantly--the effects of these practices on your students.--Daniel Hershel, English Department Chair, Spaulding High School, Barre, Vermont

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Timothy Quinn holds a B.A. from Amherst College, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, and is currently a candidate for an M.A. from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English. Timothy has taught English and Moral Philosophy at a range of independent and international schools, most recently Westminster School (Simsbury, CT) and the University School of Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI), where he is currently the Assistant Head of Upper School.

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