Recommended Resources

WEBSITES (For study guides for Fair Isn’t Always Equal, videos, responses to questions, articles, teacher testimonials, and much more)

Differentiation Central (Carol Ann Tomlinson’s wonderful Website on Differentiation)

Research that Supports Differentiated Instruction (From Differentiation Central)

Putting Points and Percentages into the Past (Wonderful Prezi presentation on standards-based grading)

Transforming Assessment (Great Website on assessment from the Education Ministry of British Columbia, Canada) (by Mark Clements — Powerful Website focused on teaching, assessment/grading, professional connection, technology, risk-taking)

The Technorate Teacher (This portion of the site was a list of reflections from Todd Williamson, an educator hero of mine and many others who helps us integrate technology with effective pedagogy.  He was recording these takeaways as he sat in a session I did on homework practices.  I urge you to explore his full site when you get the chance.)

Assessment FOR Learning - Great Website from Scott Habeeb here in Virginia

Resources for AP Teachers and Standards-Based Grading (Wonderful Google Doc with huge list of links, maintained by a thoughtful, experienced principal and teacher, Wes Weaver)

Maine’s Competency-Based Policies (They reflect sound assessment/grading policies)


Twitter Chats

#sblchat — Wednesdays at 9 – 10 p.m. EST (North America) This stands for, “Standards-based Learning Chat”  It’s a great conversation with Darin Jolly, Ken O’Connor, me, Tom Murray, Garnet HIllman, Michele Corbat, Rik Rowe, and many others on Standards-based Assessment and Grading.  All levels of expertise and perspective are invited.


Assessment and Grading

Cumberland Standards Based Grading Discussion.mp4

0′s on the 100-point Scale

Re-do’s and Re-takes, Part 1

Re-do’s and Re-takes, Part 2

On Late Work

Defining Mastery

Standards-based Grading

Standards Based Grading and the Game of School (TEDx) (Craig Messermen)

What is Standards-based Grading? (Matt Townsley)

How Much Should Homework Count?

Formative vs Summative Assessment

Setting up the Gradebook

Affecting Change in Teachers and Grading Practices

Schools Leaders Working with Faculty and Standards-Based Grading

“I want to be a starting tailback” Video by Scott Habeeb about coaching and grading/averaging

Teaching and Learning

Did You Know? Globalization and the Information Age by Scott Mcleod

“At Work in the Differentiated Classroom”  (This will take you to the ordering page for this video by the same name.  This is an ASCD DVD series that shows what differentiation looks like, including the behinds-the-scenes thinking that goes into it.  About 45 minutes of it focuses on my classroom.)

Dan Meyer Math Class Needs a Makeover (TEDx Talk)

Frank Noschese Modeling Instruction in Science (TEDx Talk)

Dr. Tae Skateboarding Physics Professor (TEDx Talk on building resilience in learning)

General Teaching and Learning

To The Bullied 7th-Grade Girl Whose Life Is Hell, Here’s A Special Message To You From A Wise Nerd


Research to Guide Practice in Middle Grades Education

Managing the Madness (Jack Berckemeyer)

Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8 (Dr. Debbie Silver)

De-Testing & De-Grading Schools (Edited by Joe Bower and Paul L. Thomas)


“The Grading System We Need to Have” from Larry Ferlazzo’s Ed Week Blog, Classroom Q and A – My response to this question

Standards-based grading in introductory university physics (From the Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching)

Teacher: What it feels like to be evaluated on test scores of students I don’t have by Julie Hiltz

Fairfax County Public Schools Elementary Grading and Reporting Handbook for Parents (Explains the stantandards-based report card)

A Wealth of Words: The key to increasing upward mobility is expanding vocabulary (Winter 2013 article by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.)

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Common Core - A critical reading of “close reading”


SAT/ACT Optional 4-Year Universities, Test Score Optional List: Schools That Do Not Use SAT or ACT Scores for Admitting Substantial Numbers of Students Into Bachelor Degree Programs, Current as of Winter 2014

Value-Added Models and the Measurement of Teacher Productivity (Research study showing that different models get different results — cautions against VAM for high stakes evaluations of teacher productivity)

Freedom to Fall (and Get Up and Succeed) (Great article on self-efficacy by Dr. Debbie Silver)

What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools?

Research Articles on Standards-Based Learning, Assessment, and Grading (Maintained by Matt Townsley — ‘Really an exceptionally good list!)

An analysis of the correlation between standards-based, non-standards-based grading systems and achievement as measured by the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

The Effects of Standards-Based Grading on Student Performance in Algebra 2

Student Motivation: An Overlooked Piece of School Reform

Response to Assessment Feedback: The Effects of Grades, Praise, and Source of Information (Research at university level indicating that feedback without presence of grades improved student learning the most)

Reducing Academic Pressure May Help Children Succeed

What Works In Education: How Educators Can Make A Difference

M.I.T. Faculty Newsletter from 2008:  Skills, Big Ideas, and Getting Grades Out of the Way (Speaks to Re-takes and concerns with averaging)

M.I.T. Physics Review ST Phys. Educ. Res. 6, 010104 (2010) Patterns, correlates, and reduction of homework copying

The Case Against Percentage Grades (Great article by Tom Guskey in ASCD’s Ed Leadership)

Learning and Teaching in Scarcity: How High-Stakes ‘Accountability’ Cultivates Failure (An excellent article by Paul L. Thomas, Ed.D.)

How to Create Effective Homework 

10 Statements Disproving the Use of Learning Styles in Education

Emulating downward: Iowa’s misplaced idolization of Florida’s retention policies

Redos and Retakes (This is from a high school administrator in Virginia who first encountered constructive responses to students re-doing work as a teacher, then carried the policies forward as a leader.  ’Very well done and full of practical tips!

12 Steps to Creating a Successful Redo and Retake Policy (This is from an insightful assistant principal in a high school in Virginia)

How Can We Make Homework Worthwhile?

The Ketchup Solution (Article by Doug Reeves on Standards-based Grading practices implemented in Iowa)

The Spirit of SBG (From Frank Noschese — An Insightful Physics Teacher’s Policies on Standards-based Grading)

Choice Equals Power: How to Motivate Students to Learn (Great article discussing Larry Felazzo’s wonderful books and work motivating students on free-and-reduced-lunch programs and, gosh, everyone else as well.)

How does Lord of the Flies Fit into the Common Core?

The 12 Cognitive Biases that Prevent You from Being Rational (Excellent article on why people don’t change their thinking because they don’t recognize their own biases)

Timeless Advice on Writing from Famous Authors

Progressive Education - Why It’s Hard to Beat, But Also Hard to Find - By Alfie Kohn


3 thoughts on “Recommended Resources

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  2. Kathy

    Rick, how about “Solving the Assessment Puzzle” by Carolyn Coil and Dodie Merritt
    “Differentiated Activities & Assessments Using the Common Core Standards” by Carolyn Coil.
    As you know Carolyn is so practical and likewise her resources. These two plus Carolyn’s new book “Creativity x 4 Using the Common Core Standards” which just won the Texas Legacy Curriculum Award are in our top ten best sellers for 2014.

    1. Rick Wormeli Post author

      Yes, I love these! I’ll try to post them soon. Thanks for taking the time to remind me of them. — Rick


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