All: I am in a Math Methods class and I am hoping to receive some responses to this question of mine. This hasn't actually been expressed in the Methods Class, but I think it should be addressed. How should one begin to evaluate students in the classroom in which the Standards are being implemented? Assessment does not equal grading, so how can one design an assessment strategy that will express to the teacher what the students have learned? Say for instance, in a math classroom, the teacher wants to find out(evaluate) some objective of the day's lesson by having the students write an essay. Should the students be graded mostly on content with respect to mathematics or should the emphasis be placed on the writing style? Another concern of mine also has somewhat to do with assessment. Should a teacher, at the beginning of the year, say to the students, "Class, if you do most of the work with acceptable content, you will receive a 'C'. If you go beyond the class and complete more than acceptable work, you will receive a 'B'. If you do extraordinary work beyond the class, you will receive an 'A'. [Here is the part I am asking about.] I have hardly ever given an 'A' in this class, so I will expect most of you to receive a low 'B' or a 'C'." Does this sound as though the teacher is expecting the students not to try hard? The Standards do say that every student should succeed? Right? Thank you for your answers. Please resond to the Forum since I know many that would appreciate a thoughtful response.