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Article Aug, 2017

5 Reasons Why Teachers Love PowerSchool SIS

We asked teachers why they love about PowerSchool SIS and they responded: it improves instruction, efficiency, and parent engagement, saves time, offers flexibility in grading styles, drives student growth, and provides a customizable experience to best fit their needs.

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May, 2017

What is important with grades and grading

Ken O’Connor, the Grade Doctor, discusses recent updates to How to Grade for Learning and what these changes mean for K-12 school districts.

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March, 2017

McKinleyville Middle School’s Successful Switch to Standards-Based Grading (part 2 of 2)

How do schools make this major transformation to SBG? For California’s McKinleyville Middle School, the switch has been a carefully planned, researched, and executed process.

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March, 2017

McKinleyville Middle School’s Successful Switch to Standards-Based Grading (part 1 of 2)

How do schools make this major transformation to SBG? For California’s McKinleyville Middle School, the switch has been a carefully planned, researched, and executed process.

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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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December, 2016

Tips for Implementing a Standards-based Grading Model

As educators today focus on teaching students specific skills and concepts, more and more school districts are turning away from traditional grading systems in favor of a standards-based grading model. In standards-based grading systems, students are evaluated on their mastery of specific goals, skills or standards. This helps educators, parents and students alike to see more clearly where gaps in achievement are occurring and additional work needs to be done.

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December, 2016

From paper to digital: How Valley Christian Schools solved the grading blues

Teachers spend a lot of mental energy, effort, and time in teaching students. Lesson planning, research, resource and material prep, and then in-class instruction is all part of the teaching process. This alone can fill up a teacher’s time, but you also have to worry about a host of administrative tasks, which inevitably includes 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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October, 2016

Top Tips for First Term Teacher Report Card Comments

For many teachers, the end of the first term means a welcome conclusion to a first-quarter sprint filled with busy schedules, establishing processes of class collaboration and student dynamics, and preparing students for a successful school year. The end of the first term is a welcome break and a chance for teachers to reflect on […]

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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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Common Roadblocks to Standards-Based Grading
October, 2015

Four Common Roadblocks to Standards-Based Grading—and How to Overcome Them

Standards-based grading, a system of reporting student proficiency in relation to each specific learning goal, is catching on among schools. Here are four common roadblocks to standards-based grading in schools, along with advice for how school leaders can overcome them.

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January, 2015

Why Extra Credit Shouldn’t Make the Grade

PowerSchool Learning Product Manager Justin Goff shares why to not use extra credit and the case of measuring student achievement.

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