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SXSW EDU 2020

Throw Out Grades for Better Student Learning

Assessment the way it is currently done fails many kids. Rather than seek to control students with grades or promote unnecessary competition, schools need to be in the business of communicating real learning and empowering learners to take charge of what they know and can do. A focus on reflection, self-assessment and goal setting can change the way we communicate learning if done well. It's time to stop punishing kids for not playing school.

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  1. Challenge current assessment and grading beliefs and practices
  2. Share alternatives to the current traditional system
  3. Promote student voice and choice in the assessment process

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Starr Sackstein, Author, Educational Consultant, Instructional Coach, The Core Collaborative

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