Sunday, March 28, 2010

Thoughts Without Words: Cheating

I was reading over at Questions? today and saw something that caught my eye on cheating. Now, it was brought up because they use standards based grading and allow for re-testing. You can read more about that here.

Here is what David said about it;

If you use standards based grading, do you allow the student to take a re-assessment at a later date? Or better yet, If you use standards based grading, why would a kid cheat in the first place? Do re-assessments encourage poor study skills as kids know they have a safety net in the form of a "do over?"

We all know what a zero does to a final grade. And that grade never reflects what a student actually knows. Should the consequences of cheating show up in the final marks at all?

If you read my thoughts on standards based grading, I think that in itself creates poor study skills. Allowing a do over for cheating would kill whatever study skills the students have.

Am I alone in this thought process?

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