2-14. Criteria Referencing
The aim of criteria referenced grading is to involve the student in their education by helping them make personal choices. Students need to be involved in deciding what, and how, their efforts will be graded. Their input helps give them ownership, and an awareness of their responsibilities in the outcome.
Teacher-centered criteria referencing would be situations where the teacher sends a letter home outlining how the P.E. grades will be given. There is no input from the students.
What does this teach a student?
- The teacher is in control,
- the teacher is making me do...., and
- I am not a part of the decision-making process where my
education is concerned.
This does not respect the dignity of the student. Students should be responsible for deciding their "fate".
Student-centered criteria referencing involves the students. Here the students have helped create the P.E. grading system.
A letter is sent home outlining:
- All students start with an "A" in P.E.
- A student drops to a "B" if the following conditions are
- absent x times, without cause
- A student drops to a "C+" if the following conditions are
- those listed above plus
- negative attitude that results in.......
- A student can move up a letter grade if the following
conditions are met:
- teaching a specific skill to another student who needs
- (specified) level of sportsmanship, and/or
- (each student may have personal goals set in order to
upgrade their marks).
- Your son/daughter wants the first notice sent home after they
have received a " " letter grade. Conference time occurs when
they receive a " " letter grade.
- Parents input solicited.....