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Grading: A Guide to Effective Practice

EDUC 600

Presenter Douglas Reeves, one of the foremost experts in the field of assessment, asks and answers these essential question: how can we make grading systems accurate, fair, specific, and timely? Participants  will learn a process for evaluating their current grading systems, another process for discussing  contentious issues with colleagues. and a communicative process  for engaging all stakeholders In the conversation.  The course will address why grading is so important,what influences grades, and how to reconcile experience with evidence. Enhanced by classroom and workshop footage and interviews with practitioners, this course will lead participants to make significant changes in their grading practices and to facilitate parallel changes In their educational communities as a whole.


After completing this course, educators will know:

  • Methods for revising existing grading systems to provide feedback and grades that are:
    1. Accurate
    2. Fair
    3. Specific
    4. Timely
  • Strategies for improving feedback.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • After completing this course, educators will apply the following skills:
  1. Analyze and revise their current grading practices.
  2. Render grades and feedback accurate, fair, specific, and timely.