Grading: Compliance Or Quality?
Should teachers grade students based on their compliance with class rules -- turning homework in on time, all the time -- or on the quality of the work that they do? That's the question in this weekend's New York Times piece claiming that "standards-based grading" is on the rise in Illinois as well as in other parts of the country (A’s for Good Behavior). What do you think? Is there too much compliance-based grading in Chicago classrooms, and are its effects nefarious, or is it OK or even a good thing to reward kids for doing what they're told as much as for mastering materials?