15 Grading Practices to Make Grading More Accurate, Consistent, Meaningful and Supportive of Learning


Speaker: Ken O'Connor

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SKU: 12511

Webinar Description

Snapshot: Many teachers have strong opinions about grading that are shaped by their own experiences as students and by opinions and philosophies they’ve developed in their own lives. For this reason, some grading practices are based more on bias than on sound grading principles.

As many administrators know, making changes in grading practices can be particularly controversial and difficult. This webinar with grading expert Ken O’Connor will help you and your staff reflect on grading habits and practices and analyze which do and do not serve the true meaning and purpose of grading–student learning. In this webinar, he will share 15 recommended practices that will help you and your staff improve the quality of grading in your school or district.

Use the webinar as a starting point for discussion during your next professional development meeting. Introduce participants to Ken’s gold-standard grading practices to help teachers and administrators reevaluate current grading practices and consider what changes need to be made.

Webinar Topics:

  • How to handle absences and late work
  • How to handle extra credit or bonus points
  • What to do about cheating
  • Grading and group work
  • The role of formative assessment
  • Involving students in the grading process
  • When to focus on “recent achievement” in grading
  • The best way to organize grading information

Other webinar topics:

  • Choosing assessments
  • Setting expectations for achievement and becoming a “warm demander”
  • Alternatives to using a mean in grading
  • The zero grade–Is it ever advisable?



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About the Speaker

Ken O'Connor

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a.k.a. “The Grade Doctor,” is an internationally known educational consultant who specializes in the communication of student achievement. Ken first developed 8 guidelines for grading in 1995. In 2007, he reorganized the guidelines as his “15 fixes for broken grades”. He also developed 11 guidelines for standards-based reporting of student achievement. Ken is now acknowledged to be one of a small group of leading experts on how to grade and effectively report student achievement. Ken’s experience includes more than 30 years as an educator in grades 7-12 in 6 schools in Ontario and Australia. He is the author of How to Grade for Learning, K12, How to Grade for Learning: Linking Grades to Standards and A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades.

Frequently Asked Questions

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