Holistic Scoring



hello everyone and welcome to a review of holistic scoring for me holistic scoring is being able to articulate what students are able to do as more of a narrative rather than a checklist of student attainment of specific criteria this is not to say that analytic rubrics are the traditional rubrics have no place in the classroom so please do not go into this video thinking that holistic scoring is the only way to do things however your departments will be developing holistic scales as a way to determine and measure student success and achievement of those goals that you all wrote together not long ago that being said let's take a look at a few characteristics of holistic rubrics to give you a better understanding of what they are so if we look at some general characteristics of holistic scoring the first thing that we need to keep in mind is that it's not completely different than traditional or analytic rubrics we do still have some criterion that we need to measure they're just not individual like we're used to seeing on the traditional rubrics instead an overall description is provided for varying levels of success and attainment of the goal holistic scoring also considers all of the factors that work together to make a total impression so we're looking at the big picture of student success those last two bullet points are important but I'll go into those in just a minute first let's consider the first three so remember holistic scoring is similar but different you still have to have some criterion that explain what students will be able to do but you'll provide more of a general description on a holistic rubric if you are new to this which I know from the survey results most of you are it does take some practice to get into the habit of looking at rubrics in this new way so please don't feel like you have to be an expert today here you can see a sort of side by side or top to bottom comparison of a traditional analytic rubric versus a holistic rubric now both of these could be used to measure the same thing if you look at the criterion and what is being considered in the Student Assessment the traditional and analytic rubric is on the bottom and each criterion has its own description and is graded individually however if you look at the holistic rubric above you see that it measures student achievement on the same assessment like I mentioned but it is providing more of an overall description and considers all criterion without providing a specific measure for each one so at this point you may be thinking to yourself that's great information I learned something new today but why is this important well in addition to it being important because you are going to be writing holistic scoring guides with your department based on those goals you made together just a couple of weeks ago you are also going to get to hear from two in-house experts in just a moment explaining some of the benefits of using holistic grieving for me the real benefits of holistic reading lie in the collaboration piece for setting common expectations as well as focusing on what students can do and communicating that progression of success and higher and higher achievement throughout the semester but like I said we have two in-house experts let's take a look at what they had to say hi Dave what's up hi dawn I'm just thinking about holistic scoring ooh what a topic care to have a chat absolutely what are your thoughts on holistic scoring do you use it I do use holistic scoring I think that it gives me the chance to look at a whole piece of student writing Wow that's a great point could you tell me more I would love to let's put down our ideas to share you I think you know just start small right start with say okay you know I know it's social I know I'm history is also doing articles of the week so you know just try it with that just read it and evaluate it based on you know did they get these ideas you know try it on something small in to see one how that changes maybe the way you read their work or you know are you noticing things maybe you didn't notice before or paying attention to different things when you're not so focused on maybe all of the minor details but seeing how it works together you know so I always think I think that's important always to start small and to try it I mean you don't know it's not gonna work or you you know it's you can't reject something until you've tried it if you try to do say you know what this still doesn't work for me then okay so that with a lot of information a lot of great information from two experts in the area of holistic grading what I want to encourage you to do now is work with your department on establishing those common expectations writing the descriptions of what student success looks like at each different level and applying it in the classroom and remember nobody expects you to be an expert at this point instead just focus on getting better

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