Ken O'Connor, a.k.a. The Grade Doctor, is an independent consultant who specializes in issues related to the communication of student achievement, especially grading and reporting. Through books and articles, presentations and working with small groups Ken helps individuals, schools and school districts to improve communication about student achievement.
In 1995 Ken developed eight guidelines for grading, and he has continued to refine those guidelines. In 2007 the same ideas were organized into fifteen fixes for broken grades. He has also designed eleven guidelines for standards-based reporting. He is now generally acknowledged to be one of a small group of leading experts on how to grade and report effectively.
The intent of this web site is that it will provide information about grading and reporting and provide opportunities for interaction between educators on grading and reporting concerns.
If you have questions or concerns about grading or reporting issues, please
submit them on the “Ask the Grade Doctor” page and Ken will respond
The purpose of "Ask the Grade Doctor" is to answer substantive questions about grading and reporting philosophy,
policy, procedures, and practices. After February 1st, 2012 I will not answer questions that are only about the
calculation of grades.
PowerTeacher supports all of the fundamental tenets of 'Grading for Learning,' and does so in a way that is accurate, transparent, and easily understood by all stakeholders. PowerTeacher has a clean, thoughtful design that appropriately supports the use of evidence from both formative and summative assessment in ways that can be quickly mastered by not just a handful of enthusiastic individuals, but virtually all teachers within the school or district.