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Weighted grading/summative assessment

Weighted grading/summative assessment

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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?"

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