Grading Committee: November 2, 2011 * 3:30 – 4:30 * ESC 1st Floor Conference Room

Please join us for the fall meeting of the Secondary Grading Committee. We have several items on the agenda that I’d like your input on:

Grading Blog & Communication
Weighting of AP/DC Courses
Employability Rubric Reporting
Zeros, Missing, and GradeBook
Ongoing Professional Development

Looking forward to seeing you on November 2!

Grading Committee Agenda 11.2.11.

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Ken O’Connor Webinar


Join Ken O’Connor for two virtual events!

Ken O’Connor specializes in issues related to the communication of student achievement, especially grading and reporting. Through books and articles, presentations and working with small groups, Ken helps individuals, schools and school districts improve communication and student achievement. He is now generally acknowledged to be one of a small group of leading experts on how to grade and report effectively.

Join us online and hear from the “the grade doctor” himself.

Ken O’Connor
Listen in as he explains his fifteen fixes for broken grades and eleven guidelines for standards-based reporting. Come with your grading or reporting questions, discuss best practices, and gain helpful hints and tips to improve your students’ achievement.

Two virtual events!

Join us online for a webinar, a live chat, or both!

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Time: 3:00PM to 4:00PM PT
Register Now!


Live Chat:
Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Time: 10:00AM to 11:00AM PT
Register Now!

Read Ken’s recent blog posts for Pearson:

Grading – How and Why?

Are Your Schools Standards-Based or Not?

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Making the Grades

Click on the image below for an interesting article from Ken O’Connor on four conditions necessary for quality grading:

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PD Module: Grading Practices Overview

If you are new to the CBSCD or need a refresher on the Grading Practices Resource Manual, this Module is for you!  See the prompts and video below!

Before viewing the video, reflect on the following questions:

  1. How do my current grading practices emphasize a consistent interval grading scale?
  2. How am I giving feedback on student behavior separate from grading academic achievement?
  3. How are performances and practices used in my classes?
  4. What opportunities for revision and redo am I offering students?
  5. How are modifications and accommodations for special education students reflected in my grading practices?

After viewing the video, reflect on the following questions:

  1. How will I used the 4,3,2,1 grading scale to communicate academic achievement with my students?
  2. How will I use the Employability Rubric to assess and give feedback to students regarding non-academic performance?
  3. What criteria will I use to determine if class work is a performance or practice?
  4. What will learning recovery opportunities look like in my classes?

Next Steps:

Click on the following link to develop action steps for each of the guidelines in relation to your current practice.

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Let’s Talk Grading

Welcome to the CB Grading Blog: The home for All Things Grading in the CBCSD.  This blog has been created to assist in the implementation of the Council Bluffs Community School District’s Secondary Grading Practices Resource Manual.  It is our hope that this forum will serve as the hub of communication for grading related issues, ideas, and innovations!

Pose a question, leave a comment, share a strategy!  We look forward to engaging and learning together regarding grading practices!

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