Grading, Reporting, and Professional Judgment in Elementary Classrooms

Designed to support you.

The purpose of this online professional development course is to support system, school, and teacher leaders as they work in support of their elementary colleagues learning in the areas of instruction, assessment, and reporting.


A complete learning experience.

One key way to support classroom teachers to engage in instruction, assessment, evaluation, and reporting is to help them learn to be deliberate as they prepare for teaching and learning, plan to engage students in the classroom assessment process, and, to be prepared to evaluate and report to others after students have had time to learn.

This learning experience is designed to inform elementary educators while also inviting them to reflect on the ways they engage themselves and their learners in the process of classroom instruction as well as classroom assessment, grading, and reporting.

This online learning experience is designed to take place over one 40 – 60-minute introductory session (Introduction) and three one-hour sessions (Modules 1 - 3).

The resources provided in these modules are designed to be a complete learning experience which includes video clips and reading materials, as well as independent or group work. They are written for the use of a learning leader – someone willing to lead the learning. If you are using this course by yourself, please adjust the directions

What is Grading, Reporting, and Professional Judgment in Elementary Classrooms?

Remind participants that assessment, grading, and reporting are key aspects of learning including the following points:

  • Classroom assessment has changed significantly in the last thirty years.
  • Grading and reporting in the twenty-first century is different than in the past.
  • Effective classroom assessment supports student learning and learners to engage in standards/outcomes-based reporting that respects the unique subject area or discipline supporting student learning and achievement.
  • Classroom assessment and evaluation also provide essential information to parents, legal guardians, other teachers and learning support personnel, as well as other audiences.
  • Reporting is a legal and regulatory responsibility

Module 1:

Preparing for Teaching and Learning

Preparing for Teaching and Learning

Preparing for teaching and learning begins with:
1. Determining the standards or outcomes that students need to learn.
2. Researching expected quality levels.
3. Planning to collect reliable and valid evidence of learning.
4. Collecting baseline evidence of learning.

Dr. Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst introduce these key ideas in a five-minute video clip. Learning is supported through a selected reading and a learning task.

Module 2:

Activating and Engaging Learners Through In-Formative Assessment

Activating and Engaging Learners Through In-Formative Assessment

The focus of this module will be on engaging learners through assessment using the 7 Actions of Assessment for Learning:
1. Understand the learning destination.
2. Analyze samples and models.
3. Co-construct criteria.
4. Receive and give feedback for learning through self-and peer assessment as well as teacher feedback.
5. Set goals for learning.
6. Collect evidence of learning.
7. Communicate evidence of learning to others.

As participants prepare to watch the video clip of Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst reviewing the key ideas, participants are prepared to listen with a purpose and then read a selected text using a text-processing strategy.

Module 3:

After the Learning: Evaluating and Reporting to Others

After the Learning: Evaluating and Reporting to Others

The focus of this final module is on the end of the classroom assessment process - the time when teachers review the evidence of learning they have collected, make a professional judgment, and then report using the symbols and report card that is required by their jurisdiction. Learning is supported with a video, a reading from a selected text as well as directions to engage learners in processing the text, and reflecting on past experience as well as making plans for implementing key ideas in their own practice.

Course Curriculum

Explore the course contents in-depth below, and have a sneak peek at the ones available for preview


"Sandra Herbst was fantastic at our conference. Her sessions were very popular amongst participants and the feedback has been extremely positive. Her sessions got to the heart of the matter for us with respect to assessment. She challenged thinking and caused many to reflect on their assessment practices. "

Paul Rose, School Development & Assessment: Western School District, Newfoundland

Each module helps you put ideas into practice

We have designed all three modules so you can apply the learning in your classrooms. They each include videos (with transcripts) and hand-selected readings from our popular book, Grading, Reporting, and Professional Judgment in Elementary Classrooms, actions to take, and extended learning suggestions.

Meet your instructors

Anne Davies, PhD, President, connect2learning
Anne is an acclaimed educator, consultant, author of more than 30 books, and a keynote speaker. She embodies the connect2learning philosophy to honour every individual’s abilities and means of expression, and inspires others with her tireless energy and relentless curiosity.

Sandra Herbst, Senior Associate, connect2learning
As a former elementary, secondary and specialist teacher, school leader, assistant superintendent and advisor to Ministries of Education, Sandra has developed a uniquely qualified viewpoint on leadership and pedagogical practices.

What our participants have said...

We’ve enjoyed working with clients around the world – from small schools to large regional districts and governement. Whether it has been supporting educators in elementary or secondary schools, assisting graduates or faculty in post-secondary, or providing services in French, we’re able to meet the ever changing complex needs of the people we work with.

Over the last twenty plus years I have heard many educators speak on many topics but Anne has that added edge of 'sparkle' that captivates her audience! All I can say is WOW! It was not only a 'homerun' but she cleared the 'ball' out of the ballpark! Simply put... it was a gift to have Anne with us!"

Derrick Mohamed, Junior High Principal:

Glenmore Christian Academy, Calgary, AB

"Anne, your impact is greater than you know on so many levels. You reminded me how important it is to respect our learners. You allowed me to not only see and hear what Assessment for Learning looks and sounds like, but more importantly, what it FEELS like! Safe, respectful, self-motivating, reflective."

Lisa West, Curriculum Consultant:

York Region DSB, ON

"With the help of Anne and her team of resource people, we were able to develop a comprehensive plan for the implementation of Assessment for Learning in our school district. Using her excellent resources, particularly the book, Making Classroom Assessment Work, Anne did a masterful job of engaging her audience and encouraging them to commit to work that they would do in the future."

Hugh Gloster, Superintendent:

Central Okanagan School District #23, BC

Assessment, grading, and reporting support for you.

The complete learning experience we've designed will help teachers be deliberate as they prepare for teaching and learning. The 7 Actions of Assessment for Learning will help you set up your systems for success.

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