Hi Jeryl, you may want to revisit Marvin Bartel's website where he addresses grading... he says it all so much better than
I can.... http://www.bartelart.com/arted/gradingart.html
I've been one of those lurkers for a while but I feel your pain with the grading issues! I attended a portfolio workshop
where you shared your wonderful ideas on digital portfolios and I still use your methods for keeping up with student artwork.
I feel that is such a valid and true way to measure student growth. Our district (I am now retired) gave grades for effort/behavior and for above level/on level/below level work. It is frustrating to be expected to grade 500+ students.
(Hope I did this email the right way since I'm not used to sending in my thoughts.... jane)
1. Are you required to give grades?
2. If so, what are the grades (ex. A, B, or E, S,)
3. Do you have a required number of assessments for each nine weeks? or a
4. How many times do you see your students? ( we meet once a week for 45
5. What state do you teach in?