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K-12 Professionals

Grading and Reporting for All Students

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $145

Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

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.

About The Instructor

Sophia Thwaites
Sophia Thwaites

Sophia Thwaites earned her M.A. in Education with a Social Studies concentration from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She earned her B.A. in History from University of Florida.




**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi. Effective January 1, 2015 the cost of this course will be $199.00.

NOTE: Upon registration, you have 2 months for course completion. Although many of our courses are approved for both 1 and 3 graduate professional development credits, participants can only receive credit for one version of each course. 

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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