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Posted on October 16, 2015 4:20 pm
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JezaHa
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Keeping Up With Retest Grades
In third grade, we are swamped with having to teach the most new standards out of any grades K-5. We also have to keep retesting students, until the end of the nine weeks, until they master each standard. If you can imagine, nine weeks of papers for standards from each subject... it's a lot! How should I go about recording grades? What are some ways to help keep us from not getting overwhelmed with constant retests?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 17, 2015 8:24 pm

SaSyJe
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Have you tried using a program like USA Test Prep? I use the program for 7th grade, and I am amazed! You can create assignments based on particular standards. If the student scores below a certain percentage, it then allows them to watch videos, participate in lessons, and retest on the one specific standard. This option definitely makes it easier on the teacher to analyze data and reteach material!
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Natalie Taylor
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This is a very good and detailed response. Great idea.
  Posted on: February 22, 2016 2:35 pm

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Solution 2
Posted October 18, 2015 8:09 pm

Qygata
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Record your grades with decimals. For example, if a student makes a 50 on his first attempt and a 75 on his second attempt, then his recorded grade would be a 75.50. This way you know students have retested and what they scored without extra documentation. Another suggestion would be to require students to do more work as remediation. This forces students to really work to reassess, which will cut down on students reassessing standards over and over, because they will become tired of the remediation.
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Natalie Taylor
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This is a very good and detailed response. Great idea.
  Posted on: February 22, 2016 2:35 pm

Kady Schlemmer
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The decimal is a thoughtful way to minimize confusion.
  Posted on: July 9, 2016 8:20 pm

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Solution 3
Posted March 3, 2016 3:21 am

uQaMeV
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This is the age of computers, so the most logical way to handle this type of situation is to create a spread sheet to track the grades for individual students and use the compiled data to show a students progression using some type of chart or bar graph.
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Solution 4
Posted October 18, 2015 6:02 pm

qyQaGy
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I made a specific form that students must fill out every time they submit a retest and they must complete it in full in order to receive credit. For each problem that students miss they must tell me what their original answer was, what their new answer is, and why they had initially missed the question. This reflection aspect challenges students to defend their new thinking and take time to consider what they had initially thought. I have noticed that through implementing this, the number of corrections that students need to make has lessened as the semester goes on.
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Natalie Taylor
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This is a very good and detailed response. Great idea.
  Posted on: February 22, 2016 2:36 pm

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Solution 5
Posted October 19, 2015 1:02 am

yDaNyn
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Recently, many have said to simply overwrite the old scores and only keep the current score. If the students have been retested, that current score is where they are currently as it relates to mastering the standard. I would suggest just placing the tests in a folder until the end of the 9 weeks and then sending them all home so that the parent can see how they progressed.
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Natalie Taylor
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Solution 6
Posted October 4, 2016 2:49 am

PeQyGa
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Filing and organizing are going to be your best friend when this happens! Keeping on top of all of the retakes and making sure you don't fall behind will be the key to being successful in grading all of those papers.
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Solution 7
Posted February 28, 2016 8:49 pm

SuGaNe
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I would make a spreadsheet of the retest grades and constantly update it, then file the tests. You could work with your other 3rd grade teachers and designate one or two hours every week to retesting. Each teacher could do a different test that needs to be retaken, and students can go to the coinciding classroom. Students who do not need to retake can work on a separate assignment.
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