Grading and Reporting Student Learning: Effective Policies and Practices

Tuesday, August 7, 2018; 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. ● Molloy College, Rockville Centre Campus
(4 CTLEs Offered)

Dr. Tom Guskey

Conference Description:
This presentation describes what we know about effective grading and reporting policies and practices. Keeping in mind the challenges faced by teachers, we will review the importance of fairness and honesty in grading and outline strategies for reporting student learning progress that ensure meaningful communication between school and home. Procedures for implementing new reporting structures, including standards-based grading, will be highlighted, together with policies and practices that should be avoided due to their negative consequences for students, teachers, and schools.

Articles referenced in this presentation will include (but not limited to):
- 0 Alternatives
- Class Rank Weighs Down True Learning
- Five Obstacles to Grading Reform
- Grades That Mean Something
- Making High School Grades Meaningful
- Should Schools Have Valedictorians?
- Standards-Based Grading Will Improve Education
- The Case Against Percentage Grades
- The Communication Challenge of Standards-Based Reporting
- Why You Should Trust Your Judgment  

Learning Objectives         
·   Identify obstacles to grading reform
·   Define and apply standards-based grading practices
·   Create meaningful grading and reporting standards
   Communicate meaningful and reliable information to students and parents

Please note that this conference is also part of a larger 4-day summer institute on, "Formative, Interim, and Summative Assessment Practices for Diverse Learners Click here for further information). There is also a one-day conference on Wednesday, August 8 on, " Strategies for the Effective Formative Assessment and Instruction of English Learners" with  Dr. Diane Staehr Fenner as the lead presenter Click here for further information.

Intended Audience:
K-12 teachers and administrators.

Speaker Bio: 

Thomas R. Guskey, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Kentucky and known throughout the world for his work on student assessment, grading and reporting, professional learning, and educational change. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he began his career in education as a middle school teacher, served as an administrator in Chicago Public Schools, and was the first Director of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning, a national educational research center. Dr. Guskey served on the Policy Research Team of the National Commission on Teaching & America's Future, on the Task Force to develop the National Standards for Staff Development, and was named a Fellow in the American Educational Research Association - one of the Association's highest honors. He is the author/editor of 21 award-winning books and more than 250 book chapters and articles. His most recent books include On Your Mark: Challenging the Conventions of Grading and Reporting (2015), Reaching the Highest Standard in Professional Learning: Data (with P. Roy & V. Von Frank, 2014), Answers to Essential Questions about Standards, Assessments, Grading, and Reporting (with L. Jung, 2013), Benjamin S. Bloom: Portraits of an Educator (2nd ed., 2012), and Developing Standards-Based Report Cards (with J. Bailey, 2010). He is an engaging presenter who helps bring clarity and resolution to some of education's most challenging problems.

The conference will be given in the Larini Room (Room 290A- second floor) in the Public Square Building on the Rockville Centre campus of Molloy College located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11571. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be downloaded by clicking here.

If you should need hotel arrangements, please click here for a list of area hotels or call 516.323.3554.

CTLE Credit
This conference is approved for 4 hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE). Click here for further information on the new CTLE requirements.

Conference Tuition Rates:
Early Registration, until April 27: $125
Regular Registration, April 28 until June 22: $150
Late Registration, after June 22: $175
Molloy Full-Time Students (provide copy of student ID at check-in): $50
Non-Molloy Full-Time Students (provide copy of student ID at check-in): $75
Molloy Faculty and Staff: No Charge
Molloy Alumni: 25% discount

There is also a one-day conference on Wednesday, August 8 on, " Strategies for the Effective Formative Assessment and Instruction of English Learners" with  Dr. Diane Staehr Fenner as the lead presenter Click here for further information. You may also enroll in both conferences on August 7 & 8, at the discounted rate of $225.

Please note that this conference is also part of a larger 4-day summer institute on, " Formative, Interim, and Summative Assessment Practices for Diverse Learners" (Click here for further information).You also have the option to register for four days for 3 graduate credits for $900 (Click here to register for all 4 days) or on a non-credit basis for $495 for 2 in-service credits (click here to register for all 4 days, non-credit). To receive graduate credit, you must attend the institute each day, do work outside the classroom and complete a project that is due within two weeks of the last session. In-service credit is based upon attendance alone.

Conference Registration:
Click here to to register online for the one-day conference (August 7).  Click here to register online for both days (August 7 & 8).
Click here to register in person, by phone, fax or mail.

Please note that completing the information for this conference through a program such as My Learning Plan Inc. is mainly for you to receive permission to take this conference from your district. Once you receive permission to take the conference from your district you will still need to register for the conference. There is no connection between My Learning Plan Inc. and your official registration for this conference.

Please also note: if your district will be paying for you to attend the conference, we know that it can take some time before your district might issue a check. Therefore, it would be advisable for you to send in your registration first, even though the check from the district might not have been processed yet, to avoid being closed-out of the conference or to take advantage of the early registration discount. If multiple registrations from the same district will be paid through a purchase order, all the registrations should be sent at the same time.

Confirmation of your registration and travel directions will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration.

Refund Policy
A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us one week prior to the start of the conference. However, substitutions can be made until the day of the conference at no charge. 

Conference Details 
The most up-to-date scheduling information can be found on this conference webpage. We will also email out the conference information if you are on our mailing list.  Join our mailing list online  or contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services by email: or by phone: 516.323.3554.