Specifications grading with a plus/minus grading scale

I have moved many of my classes to specifications grading over the last two years. Using specifications grading, assignments are grading on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.1 I have written on this before. If you want to find more about specifications grading I suggest Linda Nilson’s book and her appearance on the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast. Robert Talbert has written extensively on this grading strategy. Two examples in political science are a recent article by Blackstone and Oldmixon in the Journal of Political Science Education and a series of blog posts by Amanda Rosen on the Active Learning in Political Science blog.