Going “gradeless” is a popular movement in education. Although it is hard to define as it is a continually shifting process, at its core, percentage, and letter grades are replaced with models that employ large amounts of feedback.
A method for tracking growth, celebrating success, and measuring achievement in the going gradeless movement is the development of digital portfolios. Why? If a gradebook is not being used to track and report growth, then what is?
Digital portfolios are a space in which evidence of learning can be compiled and curated. A large part of this evidence includes feedback from various stakeholders: from both teachers and students.
Use curriculum tags to help organize student work and gauge proficiency. When providing feedback, or inviting students to reflect, explicitly reference the learning objective in the curriculum tag to determine proficiency and next steps.