The purpose of Evidence-Based Grading is to ensure a student's grade truly reflects their learning. We, at the Newaygo County Career-Tech Center, believe that Evidence-Based Grading provides endurance, leverage, and readiness for our students to be employable. Our center acknowledges business and industry desires for employees to be self-directed, accountable, and reliable. Evidence-Based Grading inherently satisfies these needs.
Through a trauma-informed lens, one of our three focus areas is Evidence-Based Grading. We value learning from our mistakes through an environment that is relational, conversational, and clear. We also value for our learners to have relevant, hands-on experiences with continuous practice and feedback loops, inclusive of their instructors and peers.
The Evidence-Based Grading system provides an environment that promotes personal ownership of a student's learning and growth. Evidence-Based Grading is an evaluation method that measures a student's proficiency in each identified Essential Competency Area for the course. An Essential Competency Area is a set of related knowledge, skills, and behaviors that together allow an individual to perform effectively.