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 Founder of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series -- books and other series that provide right-now solutions for teachers and learners. Mark is the author or publisher of dozens of books, including Bestseller Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Join more than 150,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.
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