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January 25-26, 2019
Venue: American International School
Chennai, India

Ken O'Connor

Independent consultant on grading and reporting.

Full Bio

KEN O’CONNOR is an independent consultant on grading and reporting. A graduate of the University of Melbourne (B.A. Hon, Dip. Ed) and the University of Toronto (M. Ed), he has been a staff development presenter in 47 states in the USA, all provinces and two territories in Canada, and in 32 countries outside North America.

His 23-year teaching career included experience as a geography teacher and department head at six schools in Toronto and Melbourne (Grades 7-12) starting in 1967. Mr O’Connor was a Curriculum Coordinator responsible for Student Assessment and Evaluation and Geography for the Scarborough Board of Education (and then the Toronto District School Board) from 1990-1999.

He is the author of How to Grade for Learning: K-12, Fourth Edition (Corwin, 2018), Standards-Based Grading Quick Reference Guide, LSI, 2017; The School Leaders Guide to Grading, Solution Tree, 2013; A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades, Second Edition (Pearson, 2011), and Fifteen Fixes for Broken Grades: A Repair Kit, (Pearson, Toronto, 2012).

Institute Description

Reviewing and Refining Practices Around Communicating Student Achievement

Reviewing and Revising Your Grading and Reporting Policies and Practices

How well are you communicating about your students as learners? When did you last review and revise your policies and practices?

This institute will provide opportunities to review the following:
  • the principles that guide how you communicate student learning;
  • the purpose(s) of grading and reporting;
  • the policies and procedures that teachers are required to implement;
  • practices and beliefs about motivation, fairness and professional judgment;
  • the base for grading and reporting (subjects and/or learning goals);
  • performance standards (points / % / levels);
  • ingredients in grades and how you report behaviors;
  • honoring the learning process (formative/summative and more recent);
  • the determination of grades (calculation or professional judgment);
  • quality of student assessment;
  • student involvement in assessment, grading and communicating their learning; and
  • how you handle hot button issues (late and missing work, academic dishonesty).
You are encouraged to attend this institute with school teams.

Please bring with you copies of your report cards and transcripts, your assessment/grading policy and procedures, and your mission/vision statements.

Target Audience: K-12

Continuum Level: 3, 4

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Participants will. . .
  • review how and why they communicate student learning to parents, students, teachers, and external individuals and institutions;
  • consider whether what they believe aligns with what they do in grading and reporting;
  • determine whether revisions are needed in their practices and procedures

Advance Prep/Prerequisites

  • Understanding of school principles and procedures with regard to communicating student learning.
  • In advance of the workshop, please read: "Four Critical Standards-Based Grading Challenges and Their Solutions"
  • Please bring with you copies of your report cards and transcripts, your assessment/grading policy and procedures, and your mission/vision statements.
  • If you have it, also please bring with you How to Grade for Learning, 4th Edition (Corwin, Thousand Oaks, CA, 2018) by Ken O’Connor.
  • Please bring your laptop/tablet to this workshop.


Save paper and effort where possible!

For your convenience, and to support our efforts in being "green", all handouts/files posted here have been notated with an A, B, C or D indicating the following:

(A) hardcopies needed at workshop
(B) electronic version on laptop is sufficient (for viewing during the workshop)
(C) required reading PRIOR to the workshop
(D) file not needed for workshop itself, but simply material of additional interest/reference

(A) Work Pages

(A/B) Full Pages

(B) NESA Package

(C) Information for Participants

(C) Ontario School Profile

(C) School Profile