June 11, 2007 08:00 ET

ETS's Assessment Training Institute Publishes a New Book to Help Educators Refocus Grading Practices on Learning Quality

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - June 11, 2007) - ETS announced today the publication and availability of a new book to help educators examine and improve their grading practices.

"A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades," by Ken O'Connor, contends that grades should reflect the quality of learning taking place, not merely the accumulation of points that a student has accrued over the course of a semester. The book offers fixes for four common grading challenges: distorted achievement; low-quality or poorly organized evidence; inappropriate grade calculation and making grades supportive of learning.

"This book attempts to help educators focus their grading practices so that grades are truly a reflection of what a student has actually learned," says O'Connor, who is a former curriculum coordinator with the Scarborough Board of Education in Ontario, Canada. "Too many educators give lower grades for behavioral reasons, such as class participation or turning in homework on time. But grades should communicate student achievement only; did the student master the standards he or she was asked to master?"

Examples of the 15 fixes include organizing performance evidence by standard, rather than lumping into a single grade; report absences or work submitted late separately from the grade; and use only summative evidence, rather than information from practice, to determine grades.

To learn more about or purchase "A Repair Kit for Grading," please visit

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