We started the class by tracking their pretest scores. This was the first time students had seen standards based grading. There were questions, but they figured it out and were sold on it pretty quickly. It was MUCH easier to explain the grading system to them after I gave them pack their pretests. In the past I have tried explaining it before they took an assessment and I just got blank stares. When they saw it, they got it.
On the back of the learning target tracking sheet, I put a rubric of what each score means (1, 2, 3, 3.5, 4) and what their next steps should be at each level so that they can refer to it easily. I encouraged them to read the rubric and argue with me if they felt their grade was not accurate for a particular skill. I emphasized that they had to CONVINCE me that they mastered the skill, and not just have a correct answer. It was a great way for them to understand their role in SBG, the rubric, etc before it counts on their grade. The pretest was like an assessment dress rehearsal. After the next assessment, when it counts, Ill get to show them my awesome Reassessment Request Google Form. I really am dying to get this baby in use. It is much better then last years thanks to Jaime Rykse’s explanation of how to get it to be sent as an email. Is it sad that I cannot wait to start getting emails requesting reassessment? It really is a beautiful system!