Grading Contract

Contract grading is a system in which students receive their grade in a class based on their sustained labor, rather than (primarily) on the teacher’s measurement of a standard of “quality” of work.

I’ve adopted this system as a result of influential research and writing by Alfie Kohn, Peter Elbow and Jane Danielewicz, Asao Inoue, and my colleagues at the Graduate Center.

Here is my current version. And here is my accompanying labor log, which is an important part of my contract.