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Grading for Educational Equity

In order to be effective and equitable, a grading system must communicate clear information to students, educators, and families about the skills a student has mastered and the areas where they need support or more practice. However, discussions about grading systems can be highly contentious, emotionally charged, and blurred by our own educational experiences. In this session, we will outline central tenets that should guide schools’ efforts to examine their grading systems at the classroom, school, and district level. We will also explore sample policies and grading guidelines from schools that have used these tenets to successfully re-design the systems they use to score student work and report student grades in an effort to lead to more equitable outcomes. Over the three days, participants will have time to learn together, independently and through guided facilitation to create a theory of action to use as an anchor going into this next school year.

Participant outcomes

  • Reflect on current practices and experiences with grading
  • Deepen understanding of the tenets that move a school toward more equitable grading practices
  • Plan for increasing equitable practices in grading 
  • Draft a plan for proposed changes for upcoming school year (2022-2023)

Emily Gilmore, Senior Associate
Dr. Carrie McWilliams, Senior Associate

 Tuesday-Thursday, August 2-4, 2022
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
Where: Virtual, via zoom
Cost: $435/person


Aug 02 2022 - Aug 04 2022


9:00 am - 1:00 pm




Online Zoom Meeting
Emily Gilmore & Dr. Carrie McWilliams


Emily Gilmore & Dr. Carrie McWilliams