Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessing & Grading in the Differentiated Classroom

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Stenhouse Publishers, 2006 - Education - 218 pages

Differentiated instruction is a nice idea, but what happens when it comes to assessing and grading students? What's both fair and leads to real student learning?

Fair Isn't Always Equal answers that question and much more. Rick Wormeli offers the latest research and common sense thinking that teachers and administrators seek when it comes to assessment and grading in differentiated classes. Filled with real examples and ?gray” areas that middle and high school educators will easily recognize, Rick tackles important and sometimes controversial assessment and grading issues constructively. The book covers high-level concepts, ranging from ?rationale for differentiating assessment and grading” to ?understanding mastery” as well as the nitty-gritty details of grading and assessment, such as:

  • whether to incorporate effort, attendance, and behavior into academic grades;
  • whether to grade homework;
  • setting up grade books and report cards to reflect differentiated practices;
  • principles of successful assessment;
  • how to create useful and fair test questions, including how to grade such prompts efficiently;
  • whether to allow students to re-do assessments for full credit.

This thorough and practical guide also includes a special section for teacher leaders that explores ways to support colleagues as they move toward successful assessment and grading practices for differentiated classrooms.


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I facilitate professional book studies at my school and this book was great. We truly enjoyed studying this book and we learned a lot. There were teachers in each content area reading and discussing this book. Greeeeeeeeeeeaaatttt! Read full review

A great read on assessment

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This is an easy to read book with lots of information on assessment in the differentiated classroom. A great resource for any educator. Read full review


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Rick Wormeli is a National Board Certified Teacher and a columnist for Middle Ground magazine. The winner of Disney's American Teacher Award for English in 1996, Rick is an internationally known speaker on middle-level education, innovation, and teacher professionalism.Rick offers a wealth of experience having worked as a middle grades teacher, human growth and development teacher, and staff development educator. He is also an educational consultant to National Public Radio,nbsp;USA Today, and the Smithsonian Institute.Rick has presented at the White House, has appeared onnbsp;Good Morning America, and has worked with school districts all across the country.

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