Last year, my fellow math teachers and I used a 5 point grading scale: 4, 3.5, 3, 2, 1. These were the only 5 options for a student to receive on an assessment. I’m thinking about switching next year to a new 5 point scale: 4, 3, 2, 1, 0 or 5,4,3,2,1 but allow students to receive intermittent scores of 3.5, 2.5, 1.5, 0.5 or 4.5, 3.5, 2.5, 1.5, so my fellow teachers and I have the option of assigning 9 different scores rather than just 5. This thought comes out of reading Marzano’s Transforming Classroom Grading. According to his research, using these intermittent scores increases accuracy in providing grades that truly reflect levels of student understanding. At this point I’m not sure which breakdown I like better or why.