Read Along with the Grading Practices Task Force

The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Grading Practices Task Force has been meeting regularly since Sept. 28, 2016, to focus on the district’s goal to address grading practices in the WDMCS. The task force will present its work to the WDMCS Board of Education on May 8, 2017.

The task force will next meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in the Community Room at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines. To stay up-to-date with the task force’s work, please visit Meeting minutes and summaries will continue to be posted there. All meetings are open to the public.

In addition to the items addressed at each meeting, the Grading Practices Task Force is reviewing research and literature connected to grading practices. To read along with the task force, look for the following books:

  • “On Your Mark: Challenging the Conventions of Grading and Reporting” by Thomas R. Guskey
  • “Formative Assessment and Standards-Based Grading” by Robert J. Marzano
  • “A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades” by Ken O’Connor
  • “Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessing and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom” by Rick Wormelli

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