It is not about the A; it is about mastery
AdVENTURE students are graded using rubrics. A rubric is a scoring tool that explicitly represents the performance expectations for an assignment or piece of work. The rubrics are designed by the teachers and divide the work into its different components, providing clear descriptors, at varying levels of mastery.
We use rubrics in order to provide formative feedback to support and guide ongoing learning efforts. They help the teachers provide clear specific areas that need to be improved, and allow the students to see areas that might need improvement regardless of the final letter grade.
- "Process: Why Use Rubrics?" The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA). N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Aug. 2013. <http://www.carla.umn.edu/assessment/vac/evaluation/p_5.html>.
- "How Do Rubrics Help?" Edutopia. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Aug. 2013. <http://www.edutopia.org/assessment-guide-rubrics>.
- Wolpert-Gawron, Heather. "How Can We Make Assessments Meaningful?" Edutopia. N.p., 31 July 2012. Web. 24 Aug. 2013. <http://www.edutopia.org/blog/making-assessments-meaningful-heather-wolpert-gawron>.