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Submit an assignment for ReGrading

posted Oct 7, 2011, 5:13 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Dec 7, 2012, 4:22 AM ]
If you receive a grade on a scored assessment that you are not happy with, you are encouraged to resubmit it for a better grade. This is not always an easy thing to do, but it shows that you are trying to understand -- and show your understanding of -- an important focus of our class. 

Here's what you need to do if you'd like to resubmit an assignment.

1) Find out what you didn't do (or do well) the first time: Review the grading rubric that was shared with you for your first attempt, including areas where you did well and areas where you did poorly or failed to do anything at all. In the scoring rubric example below, the student should try to improve all areas, but those with lower scores (0-2) are the areas where the greatest gains in scoring can be found. They are also the areas where he or she has failed to show strong learning, so they are the most important ones to work on. 

2) Do something to learn how to do it better: Now that you know what to focus on, come in at lunch or after school for help, ask during class for details, talk with classmates, or revisit assignments or instructions to find out HOW to do better. In the example above, maybe that student doesn't understand how to write a thesis statement. Some one-on-one discussions might be all he or she needs to go from a 0 to a 3 or 4 in that area, or it might take a little more work before that happens. Either way, the process of learning now what you didn't know before is what re-doing the assessment is all about. You'll be asked to explain what you did to increase your learning, so be prepared to explain what steps you took to improve.

3) Complete missing assignments: In this class, the formative assessments (homework, class activities, notes) are not part of your grade, but they do provide valuable information and practice to help you complete your summative assessments well. If you have missing formative assessments from the unit you're planning a retake for, you'll need to complete those before your regrade can be turned in. The daily assignments you didn't do the first time are likely to help you with your retake, so you need to do them now if you want to improve your work (and your grade).

4) Make corrections: If you're retaking a test, you need to correct any questions that you missed and bring your old test to the retest. If you're rewriting a written assessment, you'll need to make changes to any areas highlighted in red, or commented on (in yellow). The process of making corrections is part of the learning process, so take the activity seriously so you can show what you know when you do the retake. 

5) Resubmit your assessment: If you're turning in a new version of a written assessment for grading use the ReGrade DropBox to submit it. Make sure the file is shared so it can be edited by anyone with the link. If you're taking a test again, you'll need to make an appointment to come take it with Mr. Knowles. Be sure to bring your old test and any notes you might need with you. 

What happens if you aren't satisfied with your NEW score?
You can always redo it again, but it makes sense to spend a bit of time with Mr Knowles to see what's going wrong. Sometimes a little bit of communication can clear up a lot of misunderstanding and confusion.