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Carol Commodore

Carol Commodore

Myron Dueck

Myron Dueck

Ken O'Connor

Ken O'Connor

Rick Stiggins

Rick Stiggins


Sound Grading Practices & Communication Conference

December 1-2, 2016 • Portland, OR

Grades are only as accurate as the assessments upon which they are built. Grades can decrease in accuracy if the procedures used to arrive at the final grade aren't sound, and if there are variables included in the grade that are unrelated to subject matter mastery.

Presentations at this conference will provide both classroom teachers and school/district leaders with a deeper understanding of the issues involved in sound grading practices, as well as practical strategies and alternatives, in order to change how students are graded.

Conference Objectives:

  • Learn how to turn assessment information into accurate, defensible report card grades
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the issues involved in sound grading
  • Learn how to track and communicate assessment results for both summative and formative purposes
  • Learn how to ensure that grades provide accurate reflections of achievement

Break-out sessions will focus on what to change in classroom grading practice and how to change it.

Session presenters include current and former administrators and teachers who have successfully implemented standards-based grading practices in their states, districts, and classrooms.

Who Should Attend:

This conference is recommended for K-12 classroom teachers, resource specialists, special educators, teacher-leaders, building and district administrators, and those responsible for continuing teacher education. For Higher Education professionals, we welcome all who work with pre-service K-12 teachers.

Registration Fee:


Groups of 4 or more: $519*
*$30 savings per registrant

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations by 9/12–10/3 will receive a full refund.
Cancellations between 10/4–10/31 will receive a 50% refund.
Cancellations after 11/1 will not receive a refund.

Registrants can substitute names at any time for no additional charge.

Included with each registration fee, all registered institute attendees receive:

  • Significant lodging discounts through the Pearson preferred hotel rate system
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch each day of the institute
  • Networking Reception with complimentary drinks and refreshments

Conference Location:

Hilton Portland & Executive Tower
921 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
To reserve your room at the conference rate at the Hilton Portland, please click here, or call 1.800.HILTONS and reference Pearson.