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Re: [teacherartexchange] Giving Grades


From: Diane C. Gregory (dianegregory_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Jul 08 2006 - 19:53:37 PDT

I understand your rationale for using NCLB to justify the use of grades.
However, I think it might be best to come up with a "real" reason for using
grades, not just a rationale that might satisfy the powers that be. Having
said that, return to your reasons for considering giving grades in the first
place...are you sure giving grades would correct the perceived problem?
Identify what the "real" problem is...then identify possible solutions, of
which giving grades might be one possible solution. Coming up with a
comprehensive plan and rationale may help you to resolve an underlying problem
that may exist.

Quoting Michael Hyland <>:
> ... So I've contacted our district
> > curriculum coordinator, and she is willing to let me pilot the grading with
> > my 5th graders, but she wants a write up on WHY this should happen and how
> > it would benefit the kids and me/art. What are your thoughts?
> One very quick thought that comes to mind as to "why" - according to NCLB,
> art
> is a core subject.  Other core subjects receive letter grades, therefore . .
> .
> Deb
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