Provide examples of appropriate uses of each alternative grading method.
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Rubrics, holistic scoring, and checklist grading are three methods to simplify and speed grading of papers. Rubrics, which are simple guidelines, can help individual instructors clarify their grading standards for themselves and their students. Holistic scoring, which uses simplified scoring and rubrics, can provide both individuals and groups with fast, objective grading systems. Checklist grading, which uses a prepared list of requirements, can offer students more detailed advice, practice, and mastery of techniques.
There are alternative methods of grading using a rubric: (1) You may offer the rubric to students as a general guideline, then grade holistically: that is, you may tell students the rubric represents what you tend to look for but, when you evaluate, you will read the paper and then give it a single letter grade according to what seems right. (2) Another common alternative is to provide a score for each criterion in your rubric, with equal weight given to each, such that the overall grade represents the average of the individual criteria (e.g., by having five criteria that earn scores of "C B A C A" or "2 3 4 2 4," ...
The expert identifies alternative grading methods for students with special needs. Alternative grading methods for provided examples are given.