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Last Updated May 26, 2024.

Brookhart, S. M. (2013). Grading and group work. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Brookhart, S. M. (2017). How to use grading to improve learning. ASCD.

Canady, R. L., Canady, C. E., & Meek, A. (2017). Beyond the grade: Refining practices that boost student achievement. Solution Tree.  

Clark, D., & Talbert, R. (2023). Grading for growth: A guide to alternative grading practices that promote authentic learning and student engagement in higher education. Routledge.

Cooper, D. (2011). Redefining fair: How to plan, assess, and grade for excellence in mixed ability classrooms. Solution Tree.  

Cooper, D. (2022). Rebooting assessment: A practical guide for balancing conversations, performances, and products. Solution Tree.

Cornue, J. (2017). Changing the grade: A step-by-step guide to grading for student growth. ASCD.

Dimich, N., Erkens, C., Miller, J., Schimmer, T., & White, K. (2022). Concise answers to frequently asked questions about assessment and grading. Solution Tree.  

Dueck, M. (2014). Grading smarter, not harder: Assessment strategies that motivate kids and help them learn. ASCD.

Feldman, J. (2019). Grading for equity: What it is, why it matters, and how it can transform schools and classrooms. Corwin.  

Feldman, J. (2023). Grading for equity: What it is, why it matters, and how it can transform schools and classrooms (2nd edition). Corwin.  

Gobble, T., Onuscheck, M., Reibel, A. R., & Twadell, E. (2015). Proficiency-based assessment: Process, not product. Solution Tree.  

Gobble, T., Onuscheck, M., Reibel, A. R., & Twadell, E. (2017). Pathways to proficiency: Implementing evidence-based grading. Solution Tree.  

Guskey, T. R. (Ed.) (1996). Communicating student learning. 1996 Yearbook of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. ASCD.

Guskey, T. R. (2002). How’s my kid doing? A parents’ guide to grades, marks, and report Cards. Jossey Bass.

Guskey, T. R. (Ed.) (2009). Practical solutions for serious problems in standards-based grading. Corwin.

Guskey, T. R. (2015). On your mark: Challenging the conventions of grading and reporting. Solution Tree.

Guskey, T. R. (2020). Get set, go!: Creating a successful grading and reporting system. Solution Tree.  

Guskey, T. R. (2023). Engaging parents and families in grading reform. Corwin.

Guskey, T. R., & Bailey, J. M. (2001). Developing grading and reporting systems for student learning. Corwin.

Guskey, T. R., & Bailey, J. M. (2010). Developing standards-based report cards. Corwin.

Guskey, T. R., & Brookhart, S. M. (Eds.) (2019). What we know about grading. ASCD.

Guskey, T. R., & Jung, L. A. (2013). Answers to essential questions about standards, assessments, grading, & reporting. Corwin.

Heflebower, T., Hoegh, J. K., & Warrick, P. (2014). A school leader’s guide to standards-based grading. Marzano Research.

Heflebower, T., Hoegh, J. K., Warrick, P., & Flygare, J. (2018). A teacher’s guide to standards-based learning. Marzano Research.

Hierck, T., & Larson, G. (2018). Grading for impact: Raising student achievement through a target-based assessment and learning system. Corwin.  

Jung, L. A., & Guskey, T. R. (2012). Grading exceptional and struggling learners. Corwin.

Larson, G., Peppler, B., Smith, D., & Townsley, M. (2024). Extinguishing the fires within assessment and grading reform. FIRST Educational Resources.

Kirschenbaum, H., Sidney, S., & Napier. R. (1971; 2021). Wad-Ja-Get? The grading game in American education. Hart Publishing; Michigan Publishing. [Open access version available here]

Marzano, R. J. (2000). Transforming classroom grading. ASCD.

Marzano, R. J. (2006). Classroom assessment & grading that work. ASCD.

Marzano, R. J. (2010). Formative assessment & standards-based grading. Marzano Research.

Mullen, G. (2020). Creating a self-directed learning environment: Standards-based and social-emotional learning. Corwin.  

Nagel, D. (2015). Effective grading practices for secondary teachers. Corwin.  

O’Connor, K. (2022). A repair kit for grading: Fifteen fixes for broken grades (3rd ed.). FIRST Educational Resources.

O’Connor, K. (2013). The school leader’s guide to grading. Solution Tree.  

O’Connor, K. (2018). How to grade for learning, K-12 (4th ed.). Corwin.

Reeves, D. (Ed.) (2007). Ahead of the curve: The power of assessment to transform teaching and learning. Solution Tree.  

Reeves, D. (2015). Elements of grading: A guide to effective practice (2nd ed.). Solution Tree.

Reeves, D. (2016). FAST grading: A guide to implementing best practices. Solution Tree.  

Reibel, A. R., & Twadell, E. (Eds.) (2019). Proficiency-based grading in the content areas. Solution Tree.  

Rinkema, E. A. & Williams, S. (2019). The standards-based classroom: Make learning the goal. Corwin.

Schimmer, T. (2013). Ten things that matter from assessment to grading. Pearson.

Schimmer, T. (2016). Grading from the inside out: Bringing accuracy to student assessment through a standards-based mindset. Solution Tree.

Schimmer, T., Hillman, G., & Stalets, M. (2018). Standards-based learning in action: Moving from theory to practice. Solution Tree.

Schimmer, T., Knight, M., & Townsley, M. (2024). Grading reform that lasts: Eight steps to transforming your school’s assessment culture. Solution Tree.

Schneider, J., & Hutt, E. (2023). Off the mark: How grades, ratings and rankings undermine learning (but don’t have to). Harvard University Press.

Stack, B., & Vander Els, J. G. (2017). Breaking with tradition: The shift to competency-based learning in PLCs at Work. Solution Tree.

Townsley, M. (2022). Using grading to support student learning. Routledge.

Townsley, M., & Wear, N. (2020). Making grades matter: Standards-based grading in a secondary PLC at work. Solution Tree.

Townsley, M., & Lang, C. (2023). A parents’ guide to grading and reporting: Being clear about what matters. Rowman & Littlefield.

Vander Els., J. G., & Stack, B. (2022). Unpacking the competency-based classroom: Equitable individualized learning in a PLC at Work. Solution Tree.

Vatterott, C. (2015). Rethinking grading: Meaningful assessment for standards-based learning. ASCD.

Westerberg, T. R. (2016). Charting a course to standards-based grading: What to stop, what to start, and why it matters. ASCD.

White, K. (2017). Softening the edges: Assessment practices that honor K-12 teachers and learners. Solution Tree.

Wormeli, R. (2018). Fair isn’t always equal (2nd ed.). Stenhouse.

Zerwin, S. M. (2020). Point-Less: An English teacher’s guide to more meaningful grading. Heinemann.