Assessment 3.0: Throw Out Your Grade Book and Inspire Learning

Corwin, 2015
Corwin, 2015

Assessment 3.0 is the book that inspired Teachers Throwing Out Grades. It’s available from Corwin Press here.

About Assessment 3.0

Most educators take for granted that “A-through-F” grades are the best measure of learning. But Mark Barnes’s formula for feedback, titled SE2R (Summarize, Explain, Redirect, Resubmit), has delivered stunning results to the forward-thinking schools that have tried it.

Now you can tap into the power of SE2R to supercharge student learning and accountability. The method in this book will loosen and then break your classroom’s dependence on traditional grading systems that do little more than silence student voices.

Delving into what really motivates students, the book covers:

  • How GPA is a classic example of “the tail wagging the dog”
  • Utilizing mobile devices and social networks to maximize the benefits of SE2R
  • Addressing and overcoming bureaucratic resistance to change
  • Real-life case studies proving SE2R’s viability

Your greatest responsibility is to your students. Don’t wait another day to start dismantling the grading system that is currently “failing” them all.

What people say

“Mark Barnes is a leader and revolutionary voice in the movement to rid our educational system of an outdated assessment model. In Assessment 3.0, he delivers a persuasive pitch that current grading practices are both poor reflections of learning and damaging to students. Not only does he clearly define the problem, he offers a powerful solution with his SE2R model and delivers a blueprint for implementation that can transform classrooms and schools.”
—Dave Burgess, Educator, Professional Development Speaker, and Author of Teach Like a Pirate

“Barnes is bold, insightful and right!  It is time to not only throw out your grade books, but all the misinformation in your brains that supports the need for grades! None of us became teachers so we could have color-coded grade books.  We became educators to make a difference in the minds of our students.  This book shows us how!”
—Russell J. Quaglia, President/Founder
Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations

“Mark has done something important in writing this book. He argues–clearly and with hope–for specific, actionable change right now in our early 21st century classrooms. Here’s the potential, here’s the problem, and here’s a way forward. This is a practical model for ed reform in general.

Assessment 3.0 illuminates the ample underbelly of traditional education practice by shining a floodlight on one of the most powerful icons–and relics–of its past: the letter grade. Rather than simply criticizing grades as “harmful,” Mark presents a compelling case for the impact of grading practices on how students learn, and in doing so maintains focus on the reason we’re all here–students and learning. 

 A recurring theme throughout the book is one of practice and application–honest assessment of what works, and ideas for making it happen. The book is, then, imminently useful for any educator–those wanting to think about their craft, and those simply looking for ideas for tomorrow morning. In that way, there can’t be higher praise.”

Terry Heick, Director of TeachThought

“This book will convince any reluctant educator to rethink the traditional grading system. If Mark’s vision can become a reality, students will be prepared for a world that doesn’t reward A’s and condemn F’s.”

Angela Maiers, Educator, Author, Speaker and Founder of Choose2Matter

 

Get your copy of Assessment 3.0 now.

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