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.
With considerable regret, I have decided to remove the ability to post questions about grading issues on this website. I am doing this because I am overwhelmed by the number of questions that are simply about calculating grades. This happens continually despite the clear statement in red on the "Ask the Grade Doctor" page -
"The purpose of "Ask the Grade Doctor" is to answer substantive questions about grading and reporting philosophy, policy, procedures, and practices. I will not answer questions that are only about the calculation of grades. Please do not post this type of question."
If you have questions about grading issues I suggest you join the "Standards Based Learning and Grading" Facebook group and post your concerns and thoughts there and you almost certainly get many responses. I would also suggest you participate in the Standards Based Learning Twitter chat on Wednesdays at 9 PM ET (#sblchat).
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.