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The Educational Leadership team at Drake University is pleased to announce the sixth annual Standards-Based Grading (SBG) Symposium.

2021 Virtual SBG Symposium  Register Now

Join us for a candid and compelling look at what standards-based assessment and grading will look like as schools and classrooms navigate the post-pandemic world.  

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 This session is SOLD OUT

We've scheduled an additional session on Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Participation Fee:  $99

  • Current Drake students - $50/person
  • For group rates contact Tom Buckmiller

Post-Pandemic Grading: What will you grading look like moving forward? 

We will explore what it means to be truly evidence-based in assessing and reporting students' achievements regarding standards and learner outcomes. We will address the biggest concerns in grading today:

  • ethics and integrity
  • disaggregation
  • what to do with averaging, late work and re-do's
  • how to handle zeroes on the 100-point scale
  • dealing with percentages and grading scales
  • determining valedictorian
  • reflecting what colleges are seeking
  • marking homework and extra credit
  • designing grade books and report cards
  • understanding formative versus summative assessments
  • establishing evidence of mastery
  • reporting behavior, effort, and character elements

Don't miss this opportunity to confront misconceptions and make the most of students' learning! 


Keynote Speaker:

Rick Wormeli brings energy and passion to his highly-acclaimed presentations on changing school culture. Rick Wormeli is a columnist for AMLE Magazine and a frequent contributor to ASCD's Education Leadership magazine.



Guest Speaker: 

Ken O'Connor developed the famed 15 fixes for broken grades and offers practical solutions. Ken O'Connor is an Education Consultant specializing in issues related to the communication of student achievement. 


Session starts at 8:30 a.m. (CST)

8:30 - 11:30

Keynote: Rick Wormelli

Post-pandemic grading: What will your grading look like moving forward?

11:30 - 12:30 Lunch on your own
12:30 - 1:30

Speaker Panel: Rick Wormelli and Ken O'Connor 

Q & A Session






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