Is Pass/Fail Grading an Efficient Means of Assessment?

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Like homework, assessment is a hot-button issue in education. Unfortunately, when the topic of assessment is raised, most educators think testing.

Few consider traditional grading as a topic of debate, because they have always assessed learning one way–with numbers and letters. As Common Core testing ignites widespread debate about the merits of a standardized grading system, educators worldwide are beginning to question the merits of any type of measuring of learning.

In another engaging discussion, members of the Facebook group Teachers Throwing Out Grades take on pass/fail assessment as an alternative to numbers and letters. Here are just a few comments and links shared in this exciting and ongoing conversation.

Teachers Throwing Out Grades discussing Pass/Fail

Teachers Throwing Out Grades discussing Pass/Fail

What do you think? Is pass/fail a fair method of assessment? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below or join Teachers Throwing out Grades and share your thoughts there.

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Mark Barnes is the author of many education books, including Bestseller Hacking Education, part of his Hack Learning Series, books that solve big problems with simple ideas. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and student-centered learning. Join more than 100,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.
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