Great Schools Partnership

Standards-Based Grading: Separating Academic Achievement from Habits of Work

NESSC High School Redesign in Action Conference
Session Two: Thursday, March 17th, 3:45 pm

Over the past decade, the foremost researchers and experts on grading—including Ken O’Connor, Thomas Guskey, Robert Marzano, Douglas Reeves, Rick Stiggins, Rick Wormeli, and others—have come to agreement on one of the most important practices for improving instructional effectiveness and student learning: monitoring and reporting academic achievement separately from work habits, character traits, and behaviors such as attendance, class participation, and turning work in on time.

In this session, participants will learn about habits-of-work reporting and how the practice can help teachers more accurately diagnose learning needs and improve academic interventions and support. Participants will also learn how to communicate the rationale for separating work habits from content knowledge and skills in grading, and how to engage students, faculty, families, and community members in the process.


Steve Sell, Senior Associate | 207.773.0505 |
Angela Hardy, Director of Coaching | 207.773.0505 |

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