On 3/31/10, Ima Teacher wrote:
> Are you assuming that schools who grade for AR use it as the
> only grade? That's not true in any of the schools I train. It
> is merely a part of the overall reading grade, the same as any
> other assignment.
> The original poster mentioned that AR was 20% of her child's
> grade. That's actually not out of line when you consider most
> graded programs. In a 60 minute class, students read for 15
> minutes per day. (They get additonal reading time here adn
> there, but the 15 minutes is scheduled and what the goals are
> based upon.) The AR grade counts as 20% of the grade. They are
> actually spending 25% of their time on it every day, but 20%
> worked better into the breakdown of the overall reading
> On 3/31/10, Jake wrote:
>> That sounds like a curriculum decision. AR does hand out
>> grades but I know a lot of schools may use it at certain
>> grade levels. I would be against it for Primary school
>> usage. Secondary school perhaps as its hard to use a rewards
>> based system with older students. Grade usage seems to have
>> more merit, but still, I've never been a fan of using it as
>> part of a Students Grade. There is so much more to reading.
>> AR should be just one piece of it. Not a grading program.
>> Now setting goals and using that as part of an overal skill
>> set? I'm good with that. Add in book reports, team building
>> discussions, and other modes and I think that is a better
>> treatment for usage. Relying on AR to be the only course of
>> grading to me has always been misguided use of the program
>> and laziness on the teacher level. Granted, teachers these
>> days have so many things that calling them lazy is not right,
>> but in the end you have to accept responsibility for the
>> action plans you have in place.