Your Grading Check-up: Practices to Adopt, Refine or Drop Now


Speaker: Thomas Guskey


SKU: W12-0315

Webinar Description

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Do no harm. Are you confident you can say this about your grading practices? Confident that your grading is fair to students in difficult family situations and not discouraging to students making slow progress?

Want to make sure you’re on the right track?

Join top grading expert Thomas Guskey for a 2-hour webinar that will help you review your current grading policies and practices and make sure you’re following best practices, whatever system you are using.

Tom will examine the advantages and pitfalls of each grading system, including standards-based grading, and give you advice on how to address the pitfalls. Whether you want to make small or significant changes, this is a special opportunity to consider what is and is not working for you with a leading expert!

Webinar Topics:

  • Have a clear purpose–why it’s important for grades and reporting methods
  • Pros and cons of letter grades, percentage grades, standards-based grades and narrative grades
  • Limiting bias and subjectivity in the grading methods
  • Why norm-based grading or grading on the curve should be avoided
  • It’s all in the reporting–best reporting practices for different grading criteria
  •  options for standards-based grading
  • The role parent conferences, newsletters, phone calls and other reporting tools play in communicating student achievement
  • How to initiate reforms in grading and reporting


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About the Speaker

Thomas Guskey

Thomas Guskey is professor of educational psychology in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY and is  a top expert on grading.
A widely-published author, Tom’s books include Answers to Essential Questions about Standards, Assessments, Grading and Reporting, co-authored with colleague Lee Ann Jung {Corwin, 2013) ;  Developing Standards-Based Report Cards (Corwin, 2010); Practical Solutions for Serious Problems in Standards-Based Grading (Corwin, 2009); The Principal as Assessment Leader (Solution Tree, 2009); and The Teacher as Assessment Leader (Solution Tree, 2009).Tom is a graduate of the University of Chicago’s renowned Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistical Analysis (MESA) Program and served as director of research and development for Chicago Public Schools.

He also served on the Policy Research Team of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future, on the Task Force to develop the National Standards for Staff Development, and was named a Fellow in the American Educational Research Association, one of the Association’s highest honors.

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