Grade Recovery is something I have been using in my class for several years and I love it! About 5 years ago when my daughter was in high school she was working on homework and I asked her what she was doing. She told me she was completing Grade Recovery for one of her classes. After she told me how it worked, I had to adopt it in my own classroom.
How it Works
When your students take a test, you can have students do Grade Recovery after receiving their score. If a students want to improve their grade, they can redo the problems that were missed on the test. Students can earn a half credit for every missed problem they correct on the test. So if a student misses 13 out of 40 questions, the student has a chance to earn 6.5 points back to improve the grade. The original score was 68% and if all the possible points are earned with Grade Recovery, the new grade is an 84%.
The requirements to earn the half point is comprised of two things. First, the student must supply the correct answer to the problem. Second, he needs to explain what he did wrong and why the new answer is the correct answer.
Students are to write the new answers and explanations on a separate sheet of paper. I also have a cover slip where students fill out their name, date, test, and original score. When I return the Grade Recovery, I will write the new grade on the cover slip. Students have one week form the day they received the test back to submit the cover sheet, original test, and sheet of new answers.
I require my students to do Grade Recovery if they receive a grade lower than 70%. If they receive a score higher than that, Grade Recovery is optional. However, I have had many parents who require it of their child for any grades below a 80%. I also accept Grade Recovery on any score, and yes, I have kiddos who receive 92% and want to do Grade Recovery.
I think Grade Recovery is a win-win. As a teacher, I want my students to learn the material and when they do Grade Recovery, students are actively relearning. The student benefits by having some control over fixing low test scores. If they are willing to do the work, they can improve their grades. It can also help lower student’s anxiety when taking tests. They know that if the test score is low, they have a chance to do Grade Recovery.
Now when grading, I always have the original test score and the Grade Recovery score so I can grade accordingly. I do allow students to use the textbook and notes when doing Grade Recovery.
The only down fall to Grade Recovery is you will have to regrade problems on tests. That is why I created the cover sheet and have students turn in original test. It helps me grade the new answers faster.
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