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A Repair Kit for Grading


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"As a Social Studies teacher, when I finally realized that the purpose of my grades was to reflect student achievement, I reached for A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades by Ken O'Connor and it acted as a rudder when navigating the array of grading decisions teachers make every day. As an administrator, I regularly lent out my copy to teachers who were in the same boat as I. As an author, speaker and consultant, I've rec- ommended Ken's writing to thousands of educators needing alternatives to grading group projects, using zeros or deducting the grade for late submissions. As demonstrated with the sinking of the mighty Bismark, without a functional rudder we all go in circles. Thankfully, Ken O'Connor provides the rudder, the compass and the map." Myron Dueck, Educational consultant and author of Giving Students A Say and Grading Smarter Not Harder "If you are looking for a book to translate over 100 years of grading research into classroom practice, this is it! O'Connor provides 15 practical fixes to help teachers make their grades more consistent, accurate, learning-focused and meaningful. The educator vignettes and school policies provide clear examples of bridging theory with practice. I highly recommend A Repair Kit for Grading to any educator interested in improving their grading practices." Dr. Matt Townsley, author and assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of Northern Iowa. "If you are looking for a user friendly book that gets to the heart of how to provide accurate grades to your students, this is the book for you! In the third edition of Ken's A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades, Ken takes the technical side of grading present- ed in his first edition, blends it with the implementation of the repairs that he presented in the second edition, and marries the science and art of grading with new concepts such as the CALM criteria for accurate and effective grades. The readability of this text helps sup- port a clear understanding of the missteps that can occur when determining a grade, and provides teachers the guidance on what to think about as they reflect on and repair those missteps in their grading practices. This is a must read for teachers, administrators, and school board members." Dr. Nicole Roorda, Ed.D., Associate Superintendent, Johnston Community School District and International Consultant on Assessment and Grading Practices "Schools and learning communities around the world are embracing the opportunity to re- flect and re-examine policies, programs and practices. A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades has arrived at just the right time. The references are updated so that research and evidence are reflective of current thinking and learning. I found the new Ed- ucator Vignettes and the Policy/Procedure examples to be helpful to "paint the picture" for teams and teachers. We will be using this book as a primary resource during our Assess- ment, Grading and Reporting policy review process next year. Thank you, Ken!" Jennifer Knight DeLashmutt, Director of Curriculum and Professional Learning International School Bangkok "This book is essential for any teacher, school, or district looking to implement healthier grading practices. Full of simple shifts, A Repair Kit for Grading, is a quick-reference guide full of easy-to-use concepts. The teacher and school examples get the wheels turning and help anyone take their grading practices to the next level." Katie Budrow, Science Teacher, Author of Moving Beyond Classroom Management, #sblchat moderator.

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