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Old 12-05-2008, 05:17 PM   #1
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Can middle schoolers grade each others papers legally?

I was shocked to find out that my daughter's jr. high school still participates in "switching" papers with another student and grading homework, quizzes, and tests. I thought this was against the FERPA federal law, no? Isn't there a privacy issue? Not to mention the fact that students can be horribly made fun of if they've scored well or low by other students.

Any teachers, administrators, or parents out there in the know?
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:27 PM   #2
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We don't do it where I teach (grades 6-8). I don't know if it's a law, though. My students peer edit writing assignments, but they don't assign grades.
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:28 PM   #3
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Not a legal expert by any means, but students grading each others papers happens here in elementary, middle and even in high school. DS was also an aid last year in 8th grade, and most of his job was obviously grading papers.
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:31 PM   #4
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When I was in school I was a teacher aid. That all we did was grade test and make copies
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:41 PM   #5
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I never knew something like that was even considered illegal. In middle school we always graded each others vocabulary quizzes.
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:43 PM   #6
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I'm not sure of the legal issue....never thought much about it, we always traded papers all the way thru high school.

In DD's 4th grade they all grade their own and can I just tell you those little darlings cheat like it is no ones business. I was shocked at how many of them actually are doing their work as the teacher reads the answers and then they are turning it in with perfect scores. Aye YiYi......First year 4th grade teacher is getting totally taken advantage of.
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Students cannot grade one another's tests under FERPA explains that indeed, when grades are issued, students should not be grading each other's work. When it is peer editing, feedback, etc. it is fine and that is different from correcting a quiz or other assignment that directly results in a grade which is then entered in the teacher's gradebook.
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:56 PM   #8
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back 25 years ago we graded each others papers all the time in middle school.....and lived to tell about it.
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Old 12-05-2008, 06:08 PM   #9
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I can believe that "trading to grade" is anti-FERPA since I have to work with
FERPA laws quite frequently. However, it's a silly application of the law and not one the original designers intended, I'm sure.
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Students cannot grade one another's tests under FERPA explains that indeed, when grades are issued, students should not be grading each other's work. When it is peer editing, feedback, etc. it is fine and that is different from correcting a quiz or other assignment that directly results in a grade which is then entered in the teacher's gradebook.
Thank you so much! This is exactly the type of information I was looking for. Although I still got confused reading it, as the bottom appeared to reverse the decision?
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Old 12-05-2008, 06:13 PM   #11
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Oh my gawd, there's a law against exchangin' 'n gradin' each other's schoolwork?


What will they think of next?

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.... However, it's a silly application of the law and not one the original designers intended, I'm sure.
Absolutely. The law was meant to protect student RECORDS from being distributed to outside agencies/institutions without notice or permission.

This application of the law is one of the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard of. Believe me when I tell you it's no big secret among the students as to who is doing well in class and who isn't....and they don't need to be grading each others papers to figure it out.

Next thing will be that students have to be taught in isolation so that their educational privacy rights will be protected.
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We did this throughout high school. I think the teacher would look over them though to make sure they were graded correctly.
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We did this also, but it was never for a major test or assignment. We mostly did for homework or some other small assignment. I think it takes a load off the teacher having to grade an extra 30 plus papers.
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Old 12-05-2008, 06:46 PM   #15
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Students cannot grade one another's tests under FERPA explains that indeed, when grades are issued, students should not be grading each other's work. When it is peer editing, feedback, etc. it is fine and that is different from correcting a quiz or other assignment that directly results in a grade which is then entered in the teacher's gradebook.
This is an old citation. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned this decision. It is not a violation of FERPA for students to exchange tests, grade them and call out the grades to the teacher.


http://www.tcta.org/legal/sturights/stugrades.htm

http://www.splc.org/newsflash.asp?id=366

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