The Fault in our Gold Stars: Moving from Merit-based to Mastery Grading to Support Student Success

Traditional systems of grading tend to reward behavior rather than knowledge and demand endless workarounds by instructors to motivate students. In this session, we’ll share how Carnegie Math Pathways is supporting institutions to learn about and test new approaches to assess student learning equitably and motivate their persistence in Quantway and Statway courses.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College math faculty will share how they’ve changed their course grading as well as preliminary results and learnings from the first term of implementation. Through interactive Jamboard and chat prompts, participants will reflect on how current grading policies and practices lead to inequitable outcomes. They will also have the opportunity to consider more equitable grading models and try a sample alternative assessment tool.

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