MAC Reads 2020

How to Grade for Learning: Linking Grades to Standards - Webinar with Ken O'Connor

The Process:

Join as district-level teams (district level, building level, or content level team) or join a cross-district group with the local ISD.  The leads of the team registration will set the schedule for meeting discussion and will organize the ordering of the book and later will secure a room for the virtual session with the author in September.

  • Teams can register as a group. Upon registration, information will be provided to guide participants to where to order the book and where to find the student guide.  Closer to the date of the virtual session with the author, a link will be shared with the lead of the group or to the individuals who registered on their own, to join the webinar. The team leader will organize the ordering/distributing of the books and communicating the schedule for book discussion date(s).  The group leader will set up a space where the team will gather for viewing the virtual session.
  • Individuals can register for the event. Individuals will need to order their own book, and use the study guide to guide their thinking as they read the book.  The link to the virtual session will be sent to the individual closer to the date of the virtual session.

Connecting to the April 28th Site Lead Orientation & September 24th Webinar:

  • The GoToMeeting URL will be sent to each registrant email, about one week in advance, to our full registered participants roster.


  •  A $50 registration fee, including a joint MAC Individual One-Year Membership + MAC Reads registration, this special pricing is only open until March 15, 2020
  • A $25 registration fee, per group or individual, for the MAC Reads Video Conference event with Ken O’Connor.

About the BookHow to Grade for Learning: Linking Grades to Standards, Fourth Edition

Implement standards-based grading practices that help students succeed!

Classroom assessment and grading should help students grow and develop to their full potential, but meshing traditional grading practices with students’ achievement on standards has been difficult and daunting. Making real and lasting changes to grading practices requires both knowledge and willpower.

This 4th edition of the best-selling How to Grade for Learning provides eight guidelines for good grading, offers recommendations for practical applications, and gives solid suggestions for implementing more effective grading practices. Ken O’Connor presents the latest research on motivation, mindset, learning styles, and beliefs about fairness to inform this new edition, which includes:

  • Both the why’s and the how-to’s of implementing standards-based grading practices
  • 48 educator contributions from nationally and internationally known educators, authors, and consultants that provide ideas and testimonials for effective assessment practices
  • Sections on hot-button issues such as academic dishonesty, extra credit, bonus points and homework
  • Additional information on utilizing levels of proficiency and eliminating the use of percentages and averaging
  • Reflective exercises and numerous tools, including rubrics, sample letters, and case studies
  • Techniques for managing grading more efficiently

 An invaluable resource for helping teachers assign grades that are accurate, consistent, meaningful, and supportive of learning, this book also makes an ideal staff development resource.

Book Ordering and Downloading the Study Guide Outline:

  • The book can be purchased from Corwin at the following link:   How to Grade for Learning: Linking Grades to Standards, Fourth Edition  (individually or host lead will order for their team)
  • Teams will meet and set their process for reading the book and having face to face or online conversations around the book using the ASCD study, found at the ASCD website or by clicking on this link.  (Study Guide)
  • On Tuesday, April 28, 2020 teams and individual 2020 MAC Reads! participants from across the state will connect from 4:00 to 5:00 EST to participate in the virtual session for individual participants and site leaders of a book study group with the MAC PL Committee and author, Ken O’Connor.
  • On Thursday, September 24, 2020 teams and individual 2020 MAC Reads! participants from across the state will connect from 4:00 to 5:00 EST to participate in the virtual session with the author, Ken O’Connor.

Presentation Files

Presenter: Ken O'Connor

Ken O’Connor is an independent education consultant and author. He is regarded as an expert on grading and reporting. He has worked in 47 states in the USA and all provinces and two territories in Canada. His expertise is recognized internationally, having worked in 35 countries around the world. Ken has been a teacher, a department head, a curriculum coordinator, and a professional learning consultant working with educators across the globe. Ken is the author of How to Grade for Learning: K-12, Fourth Edition, Corwin, 201; Standards-Based Grading Quick Reference Guide, LSI, 2017; The School Leaders Guide to Grading, Solution Tree, 2013; A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades. Second Edition, Pearson, 2011; and Fifteen Fixes for Broken Grades: A Repair Kit, Pearson, Toronto, 2012.

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