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In this episode, Josh and Andrea conclude their mini series on assessment by chatting with Michael McDowell (@mmcdowell13), Superintendent of the Ross School District in Northern California and author of Rigorous PBL by Design about the use of standards-based grading (SBG). At 2:37, McDowell gives a definition of SBG and why it is a useful method of assessment. At 6:37, he talks about what SBG looks like in his own school district and what proof he uses to justify that this method of assessment is working. At 10:24, they discuss high achieving students who tend to “play school well,” and what concerns they raised based on this system of grading – as well as the value of SBG for those particular students. Here, McDowell also discusses the culture in his district and how a culture of learning and SBG go hand-in-hand. At 16:42, they talk about first steps for teachers who want to start utilizing SBG in their own classrooms. At 20:43, McDowell leaves listeners with some resources to begin their SBG journey. For these recommendations, check out the episode webpage on our website. Finally, at 22:38, Josh and Andrea finish out the episode discussing the ways in which SBG fits into a PBL framework.
Be sure to check out the first two episodes in the Assessment in PBL series, wherever you get your podcasts.