I was just reading some new comments on the ActiveGrade blog from the post Should it “Count.” This post, others like it, and just my random thoughts, has gotten me thinking. How specific should a Standard’s Based gradebook be?
In the end, I still am on the idea that the most important purpose of grades is to communicate achievement. The communication of that achievement is likely to go to the students, their parents, as well as other teachers (both current and future). Where is the appropriate line of specificity? I definitely want to be more detailed than just having one grade for the class. Science: B+ doesn’t help anyone with anything. I could list every standard and report on those. Who would look at them? Is it worthwhile to be that specific? I have tried to lump many standards together under Essential Questions headings. Is that specific enough?
In the past, my gradebook (Making the Grade) allowed for 10 categories. It also allowed for less than 20 characters of explanation of those categories. Now, I am using ActiveGrade. More than enough categories, plenty of room for explanation.
Looking for thoughts. How specific should a gradebook or grade report be? Where is the happy medium? How does a teacher decide this for their individual class?