Apparently not all teacher unions are averse to rational and unbiased conversation about grading policy. Go to page 16 of the New Jersey Teacher Association’s NJEA Review magazine for October 2005 to read their cover story on whether or not teachers should use zeros in grading.
Back in the nineties, Tom Guskey said that grades were not necessary for learning to take place. As true as that is, folks still need a quick and dirty method for keeping track of achievement. My fond dream is for grades to become an invisible and non-threatening part of the background of assessment for learning (i.e., grading for learning).
Ken O’Connor sent me the following link. It shows how far the SBG movement has come, and that we not only have achieved a critical mass, but there are folks out there pushing the limits.
Apologies for the failure of the link. I registered on National Post, searched, and couldn’t find it. I’ll do some more searching (08JUL2011).