Fixes for Broken Grades: A Repair Kit for Grading [CANCELLED]

May 22, 2018  |  8:30 AM – 3:30 PM  |   $300 for Non-Members

Event Has Passed

Our professional development is designed to be rich, customized and challenging in order to best assist educators, thus strengthening the potential of our region.

Due to factors beyond our control, the workshop with Ken O’Connor has been cancelled.

Despite having a pre-approved visa and correct documentation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection unexpectedly denied entry to Ken O’Connor from Canada today. Thus, unfortunately he will not be able to facilitate this workshop.

Ken O’Connor would like to extend his sincerest apologies for the inconvenience and disappointment caused to participants.

Thank you for your understanding in this unfortunate matter.


Teachers increasingly are using a broad range of assessment approaches to improve learning. The next step is linking this “assessment for learning” orientation to grading practices. To communicate effectively about student achievement and to support learning grades must be accurate, meaningful and consistent.

The workshop will begin with introductory ideas and activities to activate thinking about grading. Consideration will then be given to the seven “P’s of grading (Purpose, Procedures, Policy, Principles, Practices, Principals/School Leaders and Practicality).

The main section of the workshop will be the presentation and discussion of fifteen fixes for grading, fixes that will make grades accurate, meaningful, consistent and supportive of learning. Each fix will be introduced and then there will be discussion and questions about each guideline. Participants will also have opportunities to consider the implications of each fix for their school.

The session will conclude with opportunities for participants to reflect on what they have learned and what they want to take back to their schools about grading (and reporting).

(Grades are defined as the summary symbols {letters or numbers} used on report cards to summarize student achievement.)

Participant Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. recognize the need to critically examine and change traditional grading practices;
  2. appreciate the complexity of grading;
  3. identify the purposes of grading;
  4. understand that grading must move from a private to a shared practice;
  5. consider fifteen fixes for broken grades and the implications of these fixes for their school

Equity Problem of Practice:

When grades are used as a punishment for behavior, to what degree are students’ grades an accurate reflection of their academic achievement?

Equity-based Solution:

15 Fixes for Broken Grades: A Repair Kit for Grading with Ken O’Connor

Facilitator: Ken O’Connor

Ken O’Connor is an independent consultant who 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 to improve communication about student achievement.  He is now generally acknowledged to be a leading expert on how to grade and report effectively.

WMEP Professional Learning Center

4825 Olson Memorial Highway, Suite 100
Golden Valley MN 55422

WMEP Member Registration

Participants must have district approval to register for the yearlong leadership series. Please email your district’s Future-Forward Leadership contact below if you’re interested in attending. This individual will verify your eligibility for participation in the 2017-2018 Future-Forward Leadership Series: