Variations in Implementation of Specifications Grading in STEM Courses
Specifications Grading is an assessment strategy based on mastery learning, clear learning objectives, and frequent evaluations and feedback. Seventeen instructors at a southeastern four-year college implemented this methodology across 16 discrete courses in four STEM areas. Regardless of subject area, content, and teaching style, Specifications Grading allows students control their grades through multiple attempts (with limitations) on assessments of course objectives. Three major implementation strategies will be contrasted and compared as they relate to the course subject area in which they are used. Other practitioners can gain insight into the Specifications Grading as applicable to their classes.
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