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Scoring Guides

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Grade inflation can occur from either student or administrator pressure. Principals want to see better grades and students attempt to increase their grades without doing any extra or better work. To eliminate these pressures, I develop and discuss evaluation criteria prior to doing any task. By developing a scoring guide ahead of time with the students, they all know what is expected and seldom question a grade unless they feel it truly deserves a different grade. I will even give the scoring guide to the student and ask them to re-grade their own paper and show me how or where the discrepancies are. Their ability to critique their own work serves to improve their future work by making them pay closer attention to the details.


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