• Grading and Reporting Institute with Tom Guskey

    Reporting student progress through honest and effective grading policies and practices

    Reforming grading practices 

Tom Guskey Presenting
  • Tuesday and Wednesday,
    July 30 & 31, 2019

    Location: CCIU
    455 Boot Road 
    Downingtown, PA 19335

    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

    Target Audience: K-12 educators in teams as possible

    Act 45 PIL hours available 

    Additional Details: 
    Beyond the two-day institute, the program will be delivered in the format of a community of practice focused on grading and assessment at no extra cost. 

    The Act 45 program will include:

    • 2-day Grading & Reporting Institute
    • 3 meetings that can be attended in person or virtually, dates to be announced
    • Job-embedded work in the form of reflections and documentation of implementation 
    • Meetings will be face to face with the option to zoom in if preferred.

    The Act 45 program does not include lunch.

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    Click here to enroll today! The institute will include two consecutive days working with Dr. Thomas Guskey on reframing all the ways we communicate information about student learning and what we know about effective grading and reporting policies and practices. 

    During the institute, participants will learn from expert Dr. Tom Guskey. Dr. Guskey will cover the following crucial content areas, including: 

    Grading and Reporting Student Learning: Effective Policies and Practices: Keeping in mind the challenges faced by teachers, we will review the importance of fairness and honesty in grading and outline strategies for reporting student learning progress that ensure meaningful communication between school and home. Procedures for implementing new reporting structures, including standards-based grading, will be highlighted, together with policies and practices that should be avoided due to their negative consequences for students, teachers, and schools.


    Developing Standards-based Grading & Reporting Systems: Effective standards-based grading and reporting requires more than just a new report card. It means reframing all the ways we communicate information about student learning. This presentation describes the development of grading and reporting systems that consider not only report cards but also open-house meetings, email, phone calls, parent-teacher conferences, student-led conferences, and other means of communication between schools and homes. Participants will leave with new understandings about how to open communication pathways that encourage family involvement and facilitate student learning.


    Specifics for Day One: Grading and Reporting

    • Review research around grading
    • Different grading methods - what is best?
    • Standards Based Assessments, Formative Assessments
    • Achievement Indicators versus non-cognitive factors
    • Learning enablers – Homework, formative assessments, classroom participation
    • Social-emotional learning – empathy, self-regulation, etc.

    Specifics for Day Two: Assessment

    • Examine current policies around assessment and grading
    • Developing a purpose statement for report cards
    • Explore non-cognitive factors that could be included on the report card
    • Discuss what a meaningful rubric would look like
    • Build an understanding of how formative assessment can inform instruction
    • Examine reassessments 

    During both days of the institute, district teams will work on creating their own plans under the guidance and with the support of Dr. Tom Guskey. 

    Lunch is included during the 2-day institute.

    To Learn more about Dr. Guskey and his research, click below!