High School Journal
High school officials should consider alternative perspectives on grading in light of increasing student heterogeneity. Their challenge is to consider grading policies and practices that apply equally to students with and without diverse needs or disabilities. Schools should think about incorporating various combinations of percent, criterion-referenced, and norm-referenced grading into a more flexible policy on grading; ensure that student expectations are unambiguously described in writing and in sufficient detail; and subject their policies on grading to periodic review and be prepared to make any necessary modifications. Moreover, schools should collaborate with various stakeholders to develop policies on grading that guarantee objectivity and accountability for a diverse student population. Grading options that accurately and fairly reflect individual student performance are proposed.
Original Publication Citation
Hendrickson, J. M., Gable, R. A., & Manning, M. L. (1999). Can everyone make the grade? Some thoughts on student grading and contemporary classrooms. High School Journal, 82(4), 248-254.
Hendrickson, Jo M.; Gable, Robert A.; and Manning, M. Lee, "Can Everyone Make the Grade? Some Thoughts on Student Grading and Contemporary Classrooms" (1999). Communication Disorders & Special Education Faculty Publications. 28.