Mastery Grading

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Traditional grading: The great demotivator

A new study presents sobering facts about the negative effects of traditional grading on college students' motivation. »

Specifications grading: We may have a winner

In January 2015, I launched my first attempt at specifications grading. This semester, I think I finally have something that works. »

What causes grade inflation, and what might fix it

There is a growing sense that something is wrong with grades in higher education, and it affords opportunity to raise awareness about alternatives like standards based and specifications grading »

A farewell to deadlines

I decided to handle deadlines on student work in specifications grading by... eliminating them. »

Specs grading with the EMRF rubric, part 2

Some real-life case studies on using the EMRF rubric in grading student work. »