Fulton School District Staff Looks At Improving Grading Practices

FULTON – The Fulton City School District is committed to implementing the best grading practices throughout all grade levels.

About 300 staff members and district officials attended the Grading and Reporting Student Learning: Honest and Accurate Grades for All Students presentation recently at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.

Grading experts Thomas R. Guskey and Lee Ann Jung, professors with the College of Education at the University of Kentucky, guided FCSD staff on development of new standards-based grading policies and practices that work for all students.

Key points included knowing advantages and shortcomings or different grading methods, exploring strategies to ensure fair grading, and how to improve feedback to students.

Liane Benedict, staff development coordinator at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation, said the updated way of grading reflects how students actually do against state standards, not student behaviors such as points taken off for late homework or a skipped assignment.

The workshop was attended by many other school districts.

CiTi, the Cayuga-Onondaga Teacher Center, Central New York/Oswego County Teacher Center, OCM BOCES and Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES sponsored the event.