Weighted grading/summative assessment
My school requires that teachers weight summative work at 80% of a student's final grade, and formative work at 20%. What are your thoughts on this? Does anyone else's school do something similar? There have been pros and cons so far ...
Pros: *Cuts down on students receiving A's just for turning in homework, but failing the test
*Seems to take help from home out of the equation a little
*Grades really reflect what students know
Cons: *Students stop doing homework because "I can still get a B if I do well on the test"
*Students think they understand something, but occasionally don't - and they miss the
feedback opportunity (if they don't turn in their homework.)
*Kids are constantly asking "Is this formative or summative?"