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Adopt mastery approaches: #1 Scrap letter grades (off topic)

Dgodon suggested we have more comprehensive methods of assessment; I want to suggest something more stark.

Scrap letter grades completely, and replace with pass/fail.

If you want to distinguish the elite from the ordinary, use portfolio samples: there's enough variation in pass-fail work to please everyone. Elite students can also distinguish themselves by simply getting through more work faster.

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Adopt mastery approaches #2: Scrap social progression (offtopic)

I'm not sure how age-based progression ever became the standard, but it stinks.

Offer students a comprehensive mastery syllabus that they can navigate at their own pace (possible within a normal school setting without anything too radical) and let them progress as they master skills. If you're 15 and still working with a bunch of 11 year-olds on Arithmetic 3, so be it.

Caveat: keep the overall age limit on schools (ie... more »

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