Tag: Ken O’Connor

Article Nov, 2017

Research Shows that Engaging Parents on Student Progress has Big Benefits

Engaging parents in a student’s K-12 educational experience creates significant benefits. See the ways in which districts and families can improve outcomes.

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February, 2017

Standards-Based Grading: It’s The Right Thing To Do

This is a guest post from Ken O’Connor, The Grade Doctor. In this post, Ken expands on the question: what is standards-based grading?

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October, 2016

Fine Tuning Assessment and Grading

Now that we are into the second or third month of the school year it is a good time to fine tune what you do individually and collectively. Things are settling down and you are getting to know your new students and their parents and your new colleagues so it is appropriate to review how […]

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September, 2016

Implementing Quality Grading Practices Part 2

In my July blog I suggested that there are two aspects of moving toward quality grading practices that most commonly cause difficulties and sometimes failure: ignoring or not doing enough about the “why” of the changes with teachers and/or parents; and not defining clearly the performance standards or communicating clearly enough about them to parents. […]

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August, 2016

Implementing Quality Grading Practices

Over the last few years, I have watched schools and districts move – or attempt to move – from traditional grading procedures to grading procedures that meet the four conditions of quality for grades outlined last month: accurate, consistent, meaningful and supportive of learning. I have noticed that there are two aspects that most commonly […]

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