Higher education educators are passionate to search for alternative assessment and grading methods to help students master learning and cultivate an inclusive learning environment. A pedagogical strategy called, Specifications grading, structuring grades on learning competencies achieved rather than on earned points complements mastery learning (Nilson, 2014). It involves a wide variety of implementation strategies that were productive, allowing faculty a great deal of latitude and creativity in the system (Tsoi et al., 2019). Implementing Specifications Grading in teaching could motivate student learning, bring rigor and quality of student work up, and lessen the grading load and student stress and cheating. Learn more details about this pedagogical strategy by watching the mini-seminar videos or reading Linda’ Nilson book – Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time.
Nilson, L. B., & Stanny, C. J. (2015). Specifications grading: Restoring rigor, motivating students, and saving faculty time. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
Tsoi, M., etal.(2019). Variations in implementation of specifications grading in STEM courses. Retrieved March 04, 2021, from https://digitalcommons.gaacademy.org/gjs/vol77/iss2/10/
Student Onboarding and Communication
It is important for faculty to explain to students the concept of Specifications Grading and how this grading method can transform their learning experience.
Faculty Teaching Showcase
Revising An Upper-Level Undergraduate Statistics Course Using Specifications Grading
Using Specifications Grading to Shift the Focus from Learning the Content to Learning in Context
Using Specifications Grading To Better Align Assessments With Learning Objectives In Engineering Design Project Courses
Implementing Specification Grading and Mastery Learning for Photomedicine
Specifications Grading In A Large Lecture, Introductory Physics Class
Implementing Specifications Grading in a Mathematics and Scientific Computing for Chemistry Course
Aligning Course Design To Help Students Develop A Growth Mindset, Grit, And Agency Using Specification Grading Leveraging The Canvas Learning Management System
Implementation of Specifications Grading in Upper-Division Chemical Biology Course
Creating a Happy Medium Between Traditional and Specifications Grading