Solutions to Toughest Grading Dilemmas


Speaker: Ken O'Connor

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SKU: 10410

Webinar Description

Snapshot: In one of your classrooms, the teacher always takes student effort into account and weights report card grades for completed homework. In the next classroom, the teacher will give a student with incomplete homework an “A” if the student has clearly mastered the coursework.

But down the hall, another teacher would never give an A to a student with incomplete work and is inconsistent about considering student effort in grading.

In this webinar, grading expert Ken O’Connor will help reduce these disparities in grading. This is an opportunity for you and your staff to reflect on grading habits and practices and analyze which do and do not serve the true meaning and purpose of grading–student learning.

Webinar Topics: 

  • Late assignments
  • Missing assessment evidence
  • Academic dishonesty
  • Reassessment, and
  • Homework

Other webinar topics:

  • The true basis for grades (standards, not assessment methods)
  • Performance standards are what count(levels of proficiency, not percentages)
  • It’s not just about what’s average (professional judgment, not mindless calculation)

Many teachers have formed strong opinions about grading practices based on their own experiences as students. For that reason, making changes in grading can be difficult and controversial. Use this webinar as a starting point for a discussion among staff about existing grading practices in the context of Ken’s expertise.


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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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