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Fishman: Going Gradeless Requires Both Addition and Subtraction

Speech bubble next to Barry Fishman's headshot

Monday, 06/28/2021

In a new piece for the Teachers Going Gradeless blog, Professor of Information Barry Fishman explores different approaches to “going gradeless” or “ungrading” in higher education. Fishman argues that the infrastructure shaping current grading practices must be overhauled to connect individual efforts to the larger educational systems students navigate. 

The effort to go gradeless isn’t hampered by a lack of good ideas. We are hampered by a lack of infrastructure for those ideas to feed into and be supported by.

Read “Going Gradeless Requires Both Addition and Subtraction” in full.

Read about Barry Fishman’s push to rerelease Wad-Ja-Get? The Grading Game in American Education, a  critical examination of the effects of traditional grading on student attitudes toward learning.