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Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grades School (Hack Learning Series) (Volume 3) Paperback – December 15, 2015
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"The beauty of the book is that it is not an emptyargument against grades-but rather filled with valuable alternativesthat are practical and will help to refocus the classroom on whatmatters most"- Adam Bellow, Founder of Edu Clipper, and Edcamp Foundation Board Member
"In this book Starr Sackstein challenges the traditional paradigm of grading with lots of practical advice about how to provide and utilize descriptive feedback instead of relying on the symbolic and very limiting representation provided by grades. The book, however, is much more than that because it is an extremely valuable primer about how to make students reflective learners who take charge of their own learning." - Ken O'Connor, author and assessment expert
"Grades are a crude and ineffective tool to convey what matters most in a student's development. Hacking Assessment, Starr Sackstein's report of her courageous, thoughtful and illuminating effort to design a better approach to assessment is a terrific read for educators who worry about the values that a single letter or number grade can convey." --Angela Maiers, Author/International speaker "Ms. Sackstein has created an excellent resource for changing the traditional mindset and moving to a collaborative, reflective model of assessment. I recommend this book to teachers, administrators and educational stakeholders who may be searching for a better way." --Michael Curran, Education Professor Rider University
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It's time to get rid of grades and now you can. Ever since I've started my journey to improve student learning, I've been working hard to create an atmosphere and system that would work beyond my classroom. I hope you find the work useful and see improvements in your students right away.
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Starr Sackstein's "Hacking Education" provides teachers a number of entry points into a better way of assessment--one free from grades and full of meaningful feedback that pushes learning forward.
If you're a teacher reading this, you've likely already had a knee jerk reaction to the notion of a classroom without grades. I did too, but "Hacking Assessment" was the right introduction to the conversation. I appreciate the way Sackstein includes typical push back and offers possible responses and solutions to those who are making the jump. She does so in a way that acknowledges the risks a teacher is taking in this effort but focuses on the rewards for all those involved if the transition is successful.
"Hacking Assessment" is a book that pushed my thinking and it's one that I am quick to hand to teachers to pique their interest or support them in their exploration of the gradeless classroom.
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