Conference Day Workshop


  • Thomas R. Guskey, Professor Emeritus

    University of Kentucky
    Thomas R. Guskey, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus in the College of Education, University of Kentucky. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he began his career in education as a middle school teacher and later served as an administrator in Chicago Public Schools. He is a Fellow in the American Educational Research Association and was awarded the Association’s prestigious Relating Research to Practice Award. His most recent books include Get Set, Go! Creating Successful Grading and Reporting Systems and What We Know About Grading: What Works, What Doesn't, and What's Next.

Making Grades Fair, Accurate, Meaningful, and Equitable: Lessons from Failed Grading Reform Efforts

Most schools today are reforming their grading policies and practices. Unfortunately, many find they are met with unanticipated resistance and fail miserably in their efforts. This session describes why these schools fail and what can be done to guarantee greater likelihood of success. Procedures for implementing new reporting structures are highlighted, including standards-based and competency-based grading, together with policies and practices that should be avoided due to their negative consequences for students, teachers, parents, and schools.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn about the advantages and shortcomings of different grading methods and the implications of those methods for classroom policy and practice.
  • Participants will explore strategies for ensuring the grades they assign are fair, accurate, meaningful, and educationally sound.
  • Participants will discuss guidelines for implementing effective standards-based grading policies and practices at all grade levels.

Target Audience

K-12 teachers and school leaders

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