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Ken O'Connor

Education Consultant

Supporting effective communication of achievement and grades that are accurate, consistent, meaningful and that support learning

Ken O'Connor

...is an independent consultant who specializes in issues related to the communication of student achievement, especially grading and reporting. Through books & articles, presentations and working with small groups, Ken helps individuals, school 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 fifteen fixes for broken grades. He has also designed eleven guidelines for standard based reporting. He is now generally acknowledged to be one of a small group of leading experts on how to grade and report effectively. 



Ken is a sought after speaker on the topic of grading & reporting. Over the last 19 years he has worked in 47 states, 9 provinces and one territory, and in 25 countries outside North America. Read more about Ken's keynote presentations, workshops and other group consultation services.


Professional Networking

Ken is open to professional dialogue through e-mail, Facebook and Twitter.

He suggests joining the "Standards Based Learning and Grading" Facebook group to post questions, and receive responses and peer feedback.

Ken also recommends participating in the Standards Based Learning twitter chat on alternate Wednesdays at 9 PM ET (#sblchat), Culture of Learning chat (#COLchat) at 8 PM ET everyday with one question, and the All Things Assessment chat (#ATAssess) at 9 PM ET on alternate Tuesdays.

For Canadians, he recommends joining the Canadian Assessment for Learning Network and the CAfLN Facebook Group and following @CAFLNetwork on Twitter.

Follow Ken on twitter @kenoc7




As a widely recognized expert on grading & reporting, Ken has three main books currently in print, numerous published articles and several other resources. Find out more about these publications and where to purchase them.


A comprehensive list of Grade Doctor approved resources for educators.


Read more about Ken’s recommended gradebook that includes all the necessary features to support grading for learning.

“Better grades for me means making them accurate, consistent, meaningful, and supportive of learning.”
— KEN O'CONNOR, How to Grade for Learning, 4th Edition, Corwin, 2018, 2