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Grading For Equity

Grading For Equity

Grading for Equity is a book that takes on one of the most challenging and emotionally charged conversations in education today...

This book study explores our inconsistent grading practices and how they can inadvertently exacerbate the achievement gap and create inequitable outcomes for our students. The author, Joe Feldman, shares the history of how our current grading practices came to be, what the research says about motivating students to want to achieve and specific grading practices that are equitable and actually take less time for teachers to implement as compared to many of our current practices. This is a must-read for educators wanting to have a fair and equitable way to monitor teaching and learning.

Graduate Credits/Clock Hours: 3 Quarter Graduate Credits offered through Seattle Pacific University or 30 Clock Hours offered.

WA State OSPI clock hours offered through approved provider ESD 112

State of Nevada Department of Education Approved Provider

Texas Education Agency Approved CPE provider.

Required Reading: Grading for Equity by Joe Feldman

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1) Purchase and read Grading for Equity, by Joe Feldman. You can find this book at or your favorite bookstore.

2) Write complete answers to all of the questions on the Book Study Handout. The handout is provided to you after registration is completed.

3) Write a paper reflecting on both of the following bullet-points. The paper will be at least 3 pages in length.

  • Consider your own grading policies through the lens of the three pillars (found on page 66 of the book). How accurate are they? How bias-resistant? How motivational?
  • Which of the equitable practices will you try first (choose two or more)? How will you know whether or not they were successful?  As you try these new practices, how will you apply a growth mindset and embrace mistakes to your own learning? Will you let students know about your new grading practices or will you choose to keep that information to yourself? How might students benefit if you explain the “why” behind your efforts to grade more equitably? What will your partnership with students to make your grading more transparent look like?

All 3 assignments must be completed within 1 year. Upload completed handout and paper to your Dashboard on the website or email all completed assignments and paperwork to

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1) All (3) assignments must be completed within (1) year. Upload assignments to your Teacher Study Dashboard or email all completed assignments and paperwork to .

2) The rubric for the Book Study Handout is broken down into (3) goal areas. 

The first goal area pertains to questions #1-15 on the handout. You will simply need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3”, or “4” according to the rubric.

The second goal area pertains to questions #16-32 on the handout. You will simply need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3”, or “4” according to the rubric.

The third goal area pertains to questions #33-68 on the handout. You will simply need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3”, or “4” according to the rubric.

The maximum number of combined points that can be earned is 16 (12 points for the answers to the questions on the handout and 4 points for the reflection paper).

3) The rubric for Grading for Equity Reflection Paper explains how to earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4”.

“A” grade = 15-16 points

“B” grade = 14-15 points

“C” grade = 12-13 points

“D” grade = 10-11 points

“E” grade = 9 points or less

"NC" (No Credit) grade will be given if all (3) assignments are not completed within (1) year.

Earn 3 graduate level quarter credits offered through Seattle Pacific University, an accredited university. Additional $180 fee, payable to SPU. You must register with SPU first to earn graduate credit. 

Students also have the option of earning 30 Clock Hours. Other known terms include, but are not limited to, Professional Development Hours, Professional Development Points, Continuing Education Units, Professional Development Units or your school district's equivalent language for clock hours earned.

A Certificate of Completion will be provided once coursework is reviewed and graded.

Note: WA State Educators have the option of earning 30 Clock Hours offered through ESD 112.  Educator is responsible for the $3 per clock hour fee. ESD clock hour claim code will be forwarded to you once the course is completed.

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