Effective Grading Practices

For Secondary Classroom Teachers

Enact innovative grading systems that more accurately describe student progress!


The Southern Indiana Education Center is excited to host Dave Nagel for a one-day professional learning session that will challenge traditional grading practices and provide alternatives that can have direct impact on student success. By making subtle shifts toward standards based grading systems, schools can reduce unnecessary course failures, provide students and their families a more accurate picture of current progress, and increase opportunities for success. Dave is sharing concepts and strategies for this session from his book "Effective Grading Practices for Secondary Teachers: Practical Strategies to Prevent Failure, Recover Credits, and Increase Standards-Based/Referenced Grading," It offers a range of grading reform strategies that are built from practical frameworks that are effective and simple to adapt.

Among the many strengths of this session are:

  • Practical application of existing research and evidence base for effective secondary grading reforms
  • A framework for schools and districts to apply and adapt failure prevention strategies such as early failure detection, Amnesty Days, and meaningful stipulated second chance opportunities for students to reach mastery
  • Functional strategies and actions for shifting toward standards-based (referenced) grading without entirely abandoning letter grades
  • Countering resistance to change through a-clearly-articulated plan for conducting school-wide and classroom level action research around the effectiveness of new or adjusted grading practices

This is a valuable professional learning opportunity designed for everyone at the secondary level. Register as soon as possible to reserve your spot!

Friday, May 13th, 9am-3pm

Southern Indiana Education Center, 1102 Tree Lane Drive, Jasper, IN 47546

*All times are Eastern time zone.

*Lunch is included in the registration.

*Each participant will receive a certificate for 6 Professional Growth Points.

*All participants should bring a laptop to use during the session.

*Registration fee is $165 for ESC members and $230 for non-members.

*See registration link below.