In recent years, many school districts across the country have shifted to a grading system commonly called “grading for equity” or “equitable grading.”

Traditional grading is based on subject mastery and accuracy, with elements of behavior including class participation and turning in work on time. Grading for equity, however, as the name suggests, seeks to address “inequities” and “bias” in education.  In doing so, it incorporates “accuracy” (a misleading term), “bias-resistance” and “motivation”, all of which arguably, supplant measurable outcomes and subject mastery under the guise of “equity”. 

Under equitable grading rubrics, a student who misses classes, fails to turn in homework on time, and gets bad grades, may receive a grade similar to that of a classmate who hands in their homework and attends class if the teacher takes into account “bias” and “motivation.”

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