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Time is a Factor in Grading Late Work

Author: Mark Botelho Posted: 2017-05-07

Standards based grading is to determine a student's ability to understand and their ability regarding a task, concept, or knowledge. For clarification, categorizing by rubric or descriptors and placing someone's ability into a category is a grade. Many complicated aspects of learning are involved, one of which is time. Regrading or late work will affect the outcome, and is a factor that should be measured. When giving a standard based grade time indirectly is being used to measure, that is why we have grade levels, continuums, and scope and sequences. Students are graded by understanding at a moment in time with others in a group, otherwise there would be no grade. If one argues that a standard based grade is individualistic and only measure one student's mastery, then the grade should be open ended with no due date ever, which it is not. We only give standard based grades for a period, therefore time is an important factor. Standards based grading is the same as percentile grading per assignment, but not for overall unit or course grades.

The purpose of grades is to measure understanding or skillsets. Accurate measurement is dependent on timeliness as to guarantee that outside factors do not influence testing and grading. Otherwise, the grade is not the same grade but rather an altogether alternative assessment compared to other students and is not valid comparison and should be noted, and would be a different grade. That is why scientific studies and experiments are reliant on control groups and different types of variables. If anything differs a comparison cannot be made. This is not to say that a standard based grade cannot be given, but that it is a different assignment or test than compared to those students who had a different time requirement. Time is a factor in learning, as it determines how much practice and study a student has access to, thereby influencing the outcome of understand and ability.

Grades are a snapshot of knowledge and skills for a specific moment in time. Grades are not a measure of student behavior, and graded artifacts are not meant to train students for real world behaviors such as timeliness. Grades are not a measure of intelligence. Penalties are not accurate depictions of knowledge or skillset. Multiple instances should be given to accurately measure understanding or skillsets.

A lesson is a controlled study and its factors should all be under scrutiny to accurately measure a student???s understanding. Measuring with a pre-and post-assessment will show growth. Measuring student individual gains, time is a factor that should be controlled for accurate lesson effectiveness for the group and individuals.
If late or regrading is accepted, all students must be re-assessed to get accurate picture of leveled ability by subject or group. If late work is accepted, there should be no timelines to the account for ongoing learning. This includes once a class is completed, students may come back to take assessments for a better grade. Otherwise, time is a factor and no late work should be accepted. Late work and re-grading of assignments are the same.

Teachers should always use their discretion when adapting lesson time frames as the world is a complex place. However, to maintain standards of teaching practice, lessons should adhere to guidelines and timeframes otherwise the validity of the program will come under question. If time is randomized regarding due dates, then the question if a student's ability will be tainted, as we will not be certain as to what is needed for a student to understand concepts or their ability to gain knowledge or skills within a specified set of instructions of standards. For example, if a tasks or standard is to solve a mathematical problem, what devices are allowed, or if they can ask for assistance would be factors that could influence the perception of their understanding just as time is a factor. Factors are important in studies or lessons to maintain validity of conclusions or in this case, grades. Lastly, as stated in the National Education Association's preamble, a teacher's ethical code mandates a "guarantee of equal educational opportunity for all", so if one student is granted an exception to turn in late work or re-submit, all students must be granted it as well. This will in effect compound the amount of work for the teacher and potentially have a negative effect on projects and lessons scheduled in the course preventing all students from achieving course goals.