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New Trend: teachers don't grade

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013

August 9th, 2011

From the Chronicle today:

"The best way to eliminate grade inflation is to take professors out of the grading process: Replace them with professional evaluators who never meet the students, and who don't worry that students will punish harsh grades with poor reviews. That's the argument made by leaders of Western Governors University, which has hired 300 adjunct professors who do nothing but grade student work.

"They think like assessors, not professors," says Diane Johnson, who is in charge of the university's cadre of graders. "The evaluators have no contact with the students at all. They don't know them. They don't know what color they are, what they look like, or where they live. Because of that, there is no temptation to skew results in any way other than to judge the students' work."

I have recommended this myself in an article in The International Journal of ePortfolio, in the issue to be release on August 15, 2011 (next week) at Students developing evidence of their learning in eportfolios can can easily be evaluated by educators other than the teacher. The trend toward documentation of learning leads logically to the question, "why should teachers both teach and grade?"

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