Data Driven Teaching

Highlights from the Third Gradeable Social

Our third Gradeable Social featuring an assessment debate was a success. Our three panelists (Alexis Rosenblatt of ANET, Jennifer Spencer of Match Charter High School, and Jonathan Ketchell of Hstry) fielded questions all about high-stakes, low-stakes, and alternative assessments. For video of the debate, check out our YouTube playlist. Meanwhile, here are some highlights: Q: Some…

The Case for Low-Stakes Assessments

Low-stakes assessments are our favorite way to keep up with the real-time progress of your students. But that word—assessments—triggers a complex in every student, educator, and teacher’s brain. Assessments, tests, evaluations… judgment. Low-stakes assessments, like formative assessments, aren’t meant to be scary or judgmental. In fact, this brand of assessment is something you probably do…

New Feature: Item-by-Item Breakdowns

The keyword is breakdown. Let’s breakdown all of the numerical barriers between you and understanding what your student truly needs. Our new, versatile, and extremely powerful data charts breakdown data—from quiz-by-quiz, to student-by-student, to question-by-question. Let’s dive in to how this works and what it all means for you. Quiz-by-quiz breakdown and at-a-glance analysis Starting…

Friday Bulletin Board

California lawmakers take on student privacy Lawmakers in California are pushing for legislation that protects personal information of students in elementary school through high school. The bill would prohibit education-related websites, online services, and mobile apps for K12 from “compiling, using or sharing the personal information of those students in California for any reason other…

Free eBook: 10 Steps to Get Started with Standards-Based Grading

Looking to dive into standards-based grading? Here’s a Gradeable-created resource that shows 10 easy steps to get started and links to SBG experts. Here’s an overview: Download your free eBook today! Don’t forget to share! Spread the SBG love.

ProTip Wednesday: 7 Easy Standards-Based Grading Hacks

You’re taken the dive and are now swimming in the murky waters of standards-based grading. You might have seen this picture, which starkly illustrates how much more student transparency a teacher receives when using SBG: (via “Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading” by Patricia L. Scriffiny) You know that you want to do it, but the…

ProTip Wednesday: 6 Steps to SBG with Gradeable

Overview: 6 steps to SBG with Gradeable Why I SBG-ed Gradeable vs. Excel Closer look into Excel Tracker How to standards-based grade (SBG) with Gradeable So the Excel-perts say they have a system – and yes, it’s a pretty jazzy system. But for those of us (ie. first year teacher me) who couldn’t trudge around…

A Standards-Based Learning Chat with @WHSRowe

At our pizza party last month, we had the pleasure of meeting teacher named Rik Rowe who has taken standards-based grading, teaching, and learning and has run with it. Mr. Rowe teaches high school math here in Massachusetts and was kind enough to share his standards-based practices with us. He co-moderates an #SBLchat (formerly #SBGchat)…

Standards-Based Learning: What It Is and Why We Love It

The education system these days doesn’t look the way it used to. Standards-based grading (SBG) is starting to take the place of the traditional grading. With SBG, grades reflect a student’s mastery of a certain set of skills. Traditionally, grades are weighted average of test scores, homework completion, projects, presentations, and possible extra credit. Students…