Are instructors grading for compliance rather than content mastery?

11/28/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Educators at a Minnesota middle school found that in some cases, teachers were grading students based on behavior -- rather than content mastery -- after four years of data showed that the students with the worst grades sometimes performed better on final exams than their peers. The school adopted a standards-based grading approach that assesses students according to whether they know the material, not on how well-behaved they are. "We need to stop overlooking kids who can do the work and falsely inflate grades of kids who can't but who look good," one superintendent said.

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