Welcome!

Thanks for taking time to read Grading for Growth. Here’s what we’re about and what you can expect.

What is Grading for Growth?

Grading practices in higher education and elsewhere need a reboot. For too long, grades have gotten in the way of learning, and learners have focused on scoring points and playing school instead of on learning and growth. The good news is that we can change these practices, and many instructors are doing just that, using innovative grading methods that work with rather than against student learning: specifications grading, standards-based grading, ungrading, and more.

Grading for Growth is a newsletter/blog about this emerging revolution in grading. Once a week we’ll be bringing you research, news, and ideas on alternative grading practices to keep you informed and inspired. A book based on our ideas, titled Grading for Growth, is coming from Stylus Publications in 2023. We’ll use this space for updates.

Who are we?

We are David Clark and Robert Talbert, two professors in the Mathematics Department at Grand Valley State University.

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We’ve been using specifications grading, standards-based grading, and other alternative assessment formats for several years in our courses. We’re excited to have you along.

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Photo Credits

The photo on our welcome page is by Ravi Roshan on Unsplash.

Disclaimer

Although we are both employed by Grand Valley State University, the views we express in the newsletter are ours and not necessarily the official views of the university.


People

David Clark
Associate professor of math at Grand Valley State University. Hiker, backpacker, and the least-winning boardgamer you've ever met.
Robert Talbert
Mathematics professor at Grand Valley State University. Author of _Flipped Learning: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty_. Dad to three teens. Decent cook.