I have shifted my assessment practice to provide a greater level of specificity to my grades. I have decided to assess three main components: Content knowledge/expertise, Thinking Skills/ability to utilize appropriate learning techniques, and Habits of mind/ persistence, attitudes, etc. I created
a simple rubric for each of the three domains. Each rubric is based on a 4 point scale for a total of 12 points. Here is a self reflection of the assessment tool. This is followed by a comment box where the student can reflect on how they could improve their work in the future.
I will not convert the 12 possible points directly to a percentage. I want the 3 pt. category to be the norm and award at least and A or A- for this level. So a "9" would get 90.
12 = 100
11 = 97
10 = 94
9 = 90
8 = 85
7 = 80
6 = 74
5 = 67
4 = 59
3 = 50
I also want to make it possible for a student to still pass the course if they fail a unit. On a 100 Point scale, a 0 takes a long time to recover from and often makes it impossible to pass. My lowest grade will be a 50. Am I doing them an injustice by doing so? I hope not. My hope is to provide more commentary through written comments and rely less on the numbering system.
I will be removing the numbers from the rubric above by the way. I want students to focus on the words not the potential point total.