Assessment and Grading for Student Achievement

Presented by: Damian Cooper, Ken O'Connor

In this course, Damian Cooper and Ken O’Connor present the need to rethink assessment practices in order to help students learn and become more efficient. Participants analyze their current practice and begin to implement improvements based on newly considered distinctions between assessments "FOR" learning as opposed to assessments "OF" learning. The course also examines the critical distinctions between formative assessment and summative grades, evaluates whether grades promote learning at all, and what functions they serve in a standards-based system and, most importantly, when, what and how to grade students. Interviews with teachers and in-classroom workshops illustrate the key points throughout the course and provide examples in actual practice.


45 Clock Hours $279 View Syllabus Add To Cart

1 Graduate Credit ** $304 View Syllabus Add To Cart

3 Graduate Credits $499 View Syllabus Add To Cart


Applicable towards Capella Masters Degree. Learn more

** Plus additional fee of $55 payable to Adams State University at course completion. See Program Details for more information.

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Damian Cooper

Damian Cooper

Damian Cooper is an independent consultant who specializes in helping educators in schools and school districts throughout the world improve their instructional and assessment skills. In his varied career, Damian has been a secondary English, special education, and drama teacher; a department head; a librarian; a school consultant; and a curriculum developer. He has specialized in student assessment for more than 20 years. Damian served as assessment consultant to the School Division of Nelson Education, where he worked on the development of assessment principles and strategies for a wide variety of K-12 resources. He was also coordinator of assessment and evaluation for the Halton District School Board in Burlington, Ontario. Damian is the author of Talk About Assessment: Strategies and Tools to Improve Learning and Talk About Assessment: High School Strategies and Tools.

Ken O'Connor

Ken O'Connor

Ken O’Connor is an independent consultant specializing in grading and reporting. He has been a staff-development presenter and facilitator in the United States and Canada, and in 14 countries outside North America. Ken’s 33-year teaching career includes experience as a geography teacher, department head, and curriculum coordinator responsible for student assessment and evaluation. Ken’s articles have appeared in the NASSP Bulletin, Educational Leadership, and Orbit. He is author of How to Grade for Learning and A Repair Kit for Grading