NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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Course Descriptions

Grading and Reporting for All Students

EDUC 600

This expansive course on the topic of reporting  and grading, focuses on the meaning of grades for parents and students. It explores whether teachers are consistent In giving grades and reviews common methods in grading students. Presenters Guskey and Jung challenge traditional practices  and propose options that show how grading methods can be modified and combined to benefit students and their parents. Also included is a section on the challenges of grading struggling learners  and special needs students. Jung and Guskey lay out a five-step inclusive grading modelresulting in a system that showcases best practices for standards-based grading.


After completing this course, educators will know:

  • Aspects of the history of grading in the US to date.
  • The purpose(s) of grading.
  • Recommended grading methods.
  • The drawbacks of averaging, assigning zeros, and grading on the curve.
  • The distinctions between the learning criteria of product, process, and progress.
  • The Inclusive Grading Model as a method for grading struggling and other exceptional learners.
  • Methods for effective communication with parents and other audiences.

Student Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, educators will apply the following skills:

  • Articulate a clear purpose for grades.
  • Utilize a standards-based grading system.
  • Distinguish product from process from progress on report cards.
  • Make modifications and accommodations for students as necessary.
  • Adopt the Inclusive Grading Model to ensure they are grading all students, including those who struggle, accurately and fairly.
  • Improve communications with parents and other audiences.