What do you think should hold more weight when determining the ability and understanding of a student: standardized test scores or teacher-assigned grades? If you think about it, we generally assess understanding through tests because they're isolated assessments where a student has to rely on their own understanding and memory to accomplish tasks, where as grades are usually made for work where the student has just learned the material or has the material in front of them. In addition, the standards by which teachers assign grades often vary greatly. However, students can cram for certain tests, and retain very little of it after the test, so it's not always a true measure of understanding. There's also the argument that a student may just be a poor test taker or happened to be off their game on the day of the standardized test, (though I hear that excuse being made for a lot more students than is probably the case). We can gauge growth of knowledge through a holistic view of a student over the course of the year that we have them, but how do we know that they have retained any of the information that they learned? So what do you think?