NWOESC Book Study: Grading Smarter, Not Harder


This is a self-paced book study that affords you the comfort of your own space, in your own time, with no substitute plans to prepare. Invite a colleague to read and complete the study together! The book for this study, Grading Smarter, Not Harder: Assessment Strategies That Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn (2014) by Myron Dueck, can be purchased with ISBN# 9781416618904. A preview of the book can be found here.

This book study will end June 1, 2022.

One hour of college credit is available through Ashland University; a one to two-page reflection on the book is required to receive credit. Contact Andy Hunter (ahunter@nwoesc.org) for details.

Please note, some districts may cover the cost of the registration fee as part of professional development expenses. Check with your district administrator on this option if out-of-pocket cost is a factor.

No refunds will be given to participants who drop the course or do not complete the study by the listed end date of July 31, 2022. Course participants will maintain lifetime access to all course content, however, Certificates of Completion will only be issued during the active dates of the course.

Learning Path Outcomes:

Participants will gain insight on grading and assessment practices that measure what students know without punishing them for factors outside their control, receive unit planning and retesting systems that make student outcome criteria known to students, and will critically examine the effectiveness of grading homework assignments.

Additional information


15 hrs


Administrators, Educational Specialists, Guidance Counselors, Instructional Coaches, K-12 Educators, Superintendents, Teacher Leaders