For a while now I've disagreed with the grading system as a whole--in terms of the guidelines and what's expected. This is because I believe that in order for anyone to improve they need a little tough love. Though, I get why you've developed the system as is and thus won't be willing to change it utterly.
I simply suggest that Outstanding only need to be rewarded for those who truly put in the effort--and I know someone is going to mention that what I consider effort is subjective, but we all know that isn't true. We all have a basic view of effort--and we all know what it looks like.
Exceeds Expectations should be given to those we meet all the requirements for the homework assignment--while Outstanding should be given to those who obviously go above and beyond the call of the assignment to make something as impressive as possible.
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