“Martin, a professor at N.C. State University, cited how he’ll bump up a struggling student who shows up for class and participates and not someone ‘on the border’ who is regularly absent.”

This is the latest quote from a member of the Wake County School Board, in this case a college professor, as they discuss the research-based changes that district staff are recommending.  Despite repeated explanations by district leaders, even highly educated, practicing educators like Martin don’t seem to comprehend the idea that grades work best when they represent student mastery of the curriculum.

This is just step one in the process of reforming our grading practices, and it seems that even this lesson hasn’t been mastered yet.

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