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"Student learning and classroom environments are changing, so why not standards-based grading? This book encourages change to target-based grading and asks the 'why not?'"
"Grading for Impact is a simple and straightforward guide to re-thinking grading based on mastery of specific skills and concepts rather than broadly-written standards. Real-world examples of teachers struggling with--and answering--the old questions are included: “How do we grade fairly and accurately?” and “How do we use grades as an instructional strategy?”"
"Many stakeholders agree that report cards aren’t enough to show what our students are learning in school, but changing the traditional grading system is a task that requires careful planning and challenging discussions. Grading for Impact shows educators how to start and plan the discussions that will result in genuine learning experiences for students."
“The unique contribution of Tom Hierck and Garth Larson’s Grading for Impact to the existing compendium of published books on standards-based grading is its tighter focus on what the authors refer to as ‘target-based’ assessment and grading vs. standards-based grading.
"The 'make or break it' for a practitioner book, however, is 'can the reader now proceed with confidence in implementing the concept or process in his/her school, district, or system.' Seriously, no book I have ever read has been this clear. But, of even more ultimate significance is admonishing the reader not to take the “short cut” of 'borrowing' the examples, forms, etc provided in the book. You effectively interspersed 'gentle warnings' at key points. AND, you made clear the reasons for doing the work locally – the ever-important “buy in” and honoring 'context.'"