Thursday, May 4, 2006

Grading Rubric

So these are the instructions:
Put your finger on the capital “A” and lowercase “a” at the top of the page.
Write the remaining letters of the alphabet in order to Z on the lines across your page.
You may use capital letters, lowercase letters, or both.

This is the scoring Rubric:
4- Exceeds expectations – Student correctly forms all letters of the alphabet, both capital and lowercase. Letters are properly sequenced from A-Z.

3- Meets expectations- Student correctly sequences the letters from A-Z. Most letters are correctly formed. The student may use all capital letters, all lowercase letters, or a combination of the two.

2- Approaches expectations- Student correctly forms at least 20 letters of the alphabet, the letters may be out of sequence.

1- Below expectations- Student correctly forms fewer than 20 letters of the alphabet.

So 23 or 24 of my students (out of 25) correctly sequenced the letters from A-Z and formed them correctly AND had BOTH upper and lower case letters formed correctly to the following standard. I accept “some” reversals, this is a developmental thing with 5-6 year olds, they don’t have much control over it, they may form the letters correctly 9 times out of 10, being tired, or hungry, or stressed in some other way can cause a higher incidence of reversals. Since we mostly don’t write yet on lined paper, I don’t care if the lower case letters (like g or j) “hang” below the line. I say that IF all letters were formed correctly to my standard, and all properly sequenced, then to me they exceed expectations. Meeting expectations only requires one of each letter, upper or lower case or a combination of them, properly sequenced, with “most” formed correctly. I say that my kids were WAY closer to #4 than #3 and graded them accordingly.
My problem with the rubric is that the different levels of the rubric focus on different things not just better levels of the same things. There are two different things being measured, alphabetical order and forming the letters. Further more, the DIRECTIONS give the kids the options of “You may use capital letters, lowercase letters, or both” there is no real direction given to TRY to form ALL upper and lowercase letters. (I left that part of the directions out with my kids, leaving them with the understanding that they were to form both upper and lower case letters, then at least they TRY)

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