Anyone out there ever have any complaints about grading group work? "Johnny got a lower score than he thinks he could have earned by himself, and it's not fair that Susie brought him down." I give my math students quizzes in small groups sometimes. They know that I will shuffle the papers, staple, and grade the one on top. I always remind them, "Think out loud. Help each other. Check your group members papers and make sure they are writing things down correctly. Don't hand them in until you've checked everyone's paper." Well, my principal seems to agree with the student that he should be able to get his own score. (The student lost a point on a quiz because the person whose paper was graded didn't have everything.) I disagree with the principal, because part of what I'm measuring with group quizzes is their participation. If a student is strong, he needs to help the others. If a student is weak, he needs to ask for help. They need to get the work done as a group, and they have free access to see each others' papers. I circulate around the room, listening, and I love hearing my students talk out the math with each other. I think it's very effective. Another important detail - the group quiz category is 15% of the grade. The principal says he doesn't care if it's 1%, he'd still have the same opinion. I feel that if I don't shuffle the papers, but allow them to choose, the group members will just rely on the strongest kid and there will be no pressure on them to make sure they have the correct work. They might fill out some of it incorrectly, but since the other kid's paper is the one that will be graded, why bother to erase and re-write it? Why bother to even pay any attention to what the strongest kid is doing? If they are shuffled, then each person wants to make sure their paper is the best it can be. So, what do you think? I know that other math teachers are doing the same thing in my school, and I find it very hard to believe that other teachers in other subjects are not giving group grades. Doesn't participation count for something? Isn't learning to work as a team important? Must our grades ONLY reflect the student's individual mastery with the subject matter? Any teacher who expects a student to follow directions knows you need to keep them accountable to that through the grade. If a term paper is to be typed, and it is handwritten, that really has nothing to do with mastery of the English language, but isn't the teacher allowed to make "following directions" part of the grade? Why can't participation be considered part of the grade? If anyone has ever had a similar problem with an administrator taking a stance against group grading, please reply. Thanks! Addition to this original post: If you're interested, please see my other two posts in this thread. Thanks to all who have replied and please keep the replies coming - any and all opinions are helpful for me to read.