What’s Fair? Best Practices for Grading and Assessment in the Differentiated Classroom


Speaker: Rick Wormeli


SKU: 120613

Webinar Description

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Snapshot: You’ve made a great deal of progress differentiating instruction in the classroom. You’re comfortable with the practice and rarely have qualms about supporting students with different needs in their quest to learn and achieve.

But grading and assessment is a different matter.  What’s fair in grading and assessment in the differentiated classroom? What assessment and grading practices should you adopt, and which should you avoid?  What do other educators do to navigate this uncertain terrain?

In this webinar, Rick Wormeli provides you many many  thoughtful and practical strategies for assessing and grading students in the differentiated classroom.  Rick will discuss the many “gray areas” educators face and provide constructive guidance by exploring the rationale for differentiating assessment and grading and considering the meaning of mastery.

Webinar Topics:

  • Principles of successful assessment in the differentiated classroom
  • Understanding mastery and learning targets before you grade
  • The subjective, relative and inferential natures of grading systems
  • How to handle re-do’s and re-takes
  • Responding to late work
  • Setting up the gradebook
  • How to handle extra credit, averaging (or not), and grading scales
  • What to do differently when grading in a differentiated classroom
  • Responsive report card formats–The dual approach for grading both personal progress and against standards
  • Discussing the concept of fair vs. equal with your class before implementing it
  • Working with other teachers to better discern grades for different levels of work
  • Appropriate and inappropriate uses of grading


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About the Speaker

Rick Wormeli

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 1.17.17 PMRick Wormelli is one of the first nationally board certified teachers in America, has taught math, science, English, physical education, health, and history and has coached other teachers in his 30-plus years in education. Rick’s work has been featured in numerous media, including ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “Hardball” with Chris Matthews, National Geographic and Good Housekeeping magazines, and the Washington Post. He is a columnist for the National Middle School Association’s Middle Ground magazine, and the author of the award-winning book, Meet Me in the Middle: Becoming an Accomplished Middle Level Teacher. His other books include: Summarization in any Subject (ASCD); Day One and Beyond; Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom; Metaphors & Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching any Subject; and Differentiation: From Planning to Practice, Grades 6-12, published by Stenhouse Publishers.

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