Let’s Keep Score! Holding Students Accountable for Their Grades

Categories: Data | Math

For our higher functioning students – especially our ones who are older – we want to continue to make them more and more independent and self-aware. We want to be constantly increasing their self-management skills so they can be a functionally independent adult. It’s all about self-management. Time to let those kiddos be in charge of their own grades!

I added in a little more math into our morning work and made sure to hold my students accountable for their grades. I added a daily math page (from my Addition Mega Pack, Subtraction Mega Pack, or Multiplication Mega Pack).


After students complete their work – they use a calculator to grade it. Yes – I know what you are going to say. And yes I have some cheaters who fix their work. It’s part of the process. And also a natural urge so I am okay with it. That is something we are working on. After the students grade their work – they post it on a big post it.



This way I can check in on their work and they have some accountability for their work.




  1. Great idea! I am going to try this. It is hard to get past them “fixing” their answers when it is going on a chart but like you pointed out- it is natural and good to fix our mistakes. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Yep – the mysterious constant 100% are usually a tell tale sign of who is being a little flexible with their grading. 🙂

  3. Sasha, do you give grades to all your kids? We’re required to this year, and struggling with a way to give meaningful grades to our higher-need kiddos.

  4. Ugh – grading is so hard! My district created a rough rubric based on completion of IEP goals but it’s not the best. I think a system based on IEP goals is the best way to go but also take other things into account as well.


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