Hey! I am looking for opinions on a topic that my cooperating teacher and I often talked about, the question of assessing students at different levels of learning. When a teacher creates and assignment there is usually a very concrete assessment tool to go along with it such as a rubric or a rating scale for the finished product. For the purpose of this post I will say there is a rubric being used to assess the student. Here is my question:
How do you assess students who may be further behind with their learning that have put an unbelievable amount of effort into the assignment, they’ve exceeded your expectations of how well that particular student would do, but they still don’t rank that high on the rubric. You feel like they deserve 100% but on paper they only get 60%. Same goes for a student who is an excelling learner. They have put in minimal amount of work and you know that they could have done much better based on their other work. On paper the could get 100% but judging by the student and how well they could have actually done you want to give them a lower mark just to show them that they can not stop putting effort in.
Here is my opinion. During internship I did a unit on Legends and the students wrote their own legends. We came up with our rubric together so the students knew my expectations. They had the option of doing different assignments to go along with their legend and some assignments were harder than others. I had one student who usually does the minimal work, but he was creative and did the harder of the assignments. He did phenomenal work compared to what he usually turns in but it still did not measure up to some parts of the rubric. I was stuck between giving him the mark my rubric told me to give him, and the mark I knew he deserved. I gave him the mark he deserved due to the unbelievabl amount of effort he put in. My problem was, I had no proof on paper why he got that mark because I had to scrap bits of the rubric. If I had been asked for proof by a parent, I didn’t have it.
I want opinions. Do you stick to the rubric, or do you base grades on the specific learners. If you choose to base grades on the specific learners, when you get a parent asking why their child did poorly even though they met all the requirements how do you explain it?