Assessment/Standards-Based Grading


Leaders: Mark Schober and Manjula Nair

This three-day workshop will guide you through the steps to set up your classes for standards-based grading. We will show you an incremental approach to implementing SBG principles, provide sample learning standards, assessments, and gradebooks, and give you structured time and feedback as you tailor these tools for your own classes.Throughout, we will consider how to make an effective assessment strategy that is an integral part of a cyclical learning process.

Standards-Based Grading provides students itemized feedback according to your course learning objectives, or standards. Students then know what ideas they do and don’t understand. Students practice concepts needing further study in preparation to reassess and show what they have learned. In short, SBG encourages a growth-mindset, practice-until-you-succeed approach to teaching and learning.

The workshop presenter’s article, “An 8-Step Transition from Points-Based Grading to Standards-Based Grading” will be made available later this spring at

Schedule and Location: The workshop will run for 3 days (July 5, 2017 – July 7, 2017) in Manhattan, at Teachers College, Columbia University (Zankel Hall Rm 404, 525 West 120 St., New York, NY 10027). The workshop sessions will be from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Wed through Thursday and Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, followed by an optional social hour from 3:30 to 4:30.

*Note, this workshop requires a minimum number of participants. In the event there are not enough participants, the workshop may be cancelled, and all tuition would be refunded.