Do It Right! A Step-By-Step Guide to Effective Standards-Based Report Cards


Speaker: Thomas Guskey


SKU: 19892413

Webinar Description

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Snapshot: The move to standards-based report cards is a huge mental shift for you and your staff, not to mention your students and parents. It’s easy to overlook the many practical issues and implications involved in making this conversion, which means a lot of unexpected hassles and headaches for you down the line. Avoid these problems with thoughtful and systematic planning and preparation.

Grading expert Thomas Guskey will walk you through a process for converting to standards-based reporting of student grades. Tom will present many practical ideas, share best practices and address critical questions as he guides you through the steps. If you are already using standards-based report cards, this is a chance to refine your thinking and practices with a top expert.

Webinar Topics:

  • How to reach consensus on the purpose of grades and report cards
  • Strategies for better communication with families about changes in grading
  • The best reporting format for standards-based report cards
  • How to inform and involve parents in reform efforts


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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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