Alternative Grading Methods For Student With Special Needs
ALTERNATIVE GRADING METHODS FOR STUDENT WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Alternative grading methods should be used for grading students with special needs because as student gets low grades, it leads to low self-esteem and lack of motivation. Furthermore, low grades fails to recognize all the effort a child puts into their school work. A fair and equitable grading system should be emphasized in schools, one that is flexible enough to meet the students’ needs. It should also maintain accountability and matches grades scored to performance of the students.
Curriculum based assessment is a grading method for students with special disabilities which involves collection of data, analysis of data, interpretation then the desired grade can be obtained. It’s a method that closely examines students’ basic academic progress e.g. reading, communicating writing and spelling. It monitors the success of the word instruction received by the specially disabled student.CBA have three major goals to make it work for students with special disabilities which includes developing goals for instructions, determining illegibility and evaluating student progress in the set curriculum.CBA is very useful because it can be deployed frequently, links special education program with instructions, assist in evaluating progress of a specially disabled student as well as evaluate the program adopted and finally assist students to improve their achievement to higher level. In CBA Once the data of every student is collected it is recorded and performance graphs can be drawn based on curriculum objectives. Therefore grading can follow using the recorded results.
Portfolio grading is another grading system which uses scripting and comment from teachers handling a specially disabled student. Portfolio grading is a systematic...