Date of Degree


Degree Name

Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)


Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology, and Foundations (LEPF)


Creed, Benjamin

Committee Members

DeJoy, Nancy; Burkey, Joh; Tonks, Stephen


standards-based grading, assessment, asynchronous professional development, grading, grades


With a growing conversation around best practices in assessment, there are teachers out there seeking to make a shift to standards-based grading despite the fact that they work in a school system that uses traditional grading systems. This dissertation explores the differences between traditional grading and standard-based grading, the supports teachers need to make a shift to standards-based grading, and the effectiveness of an asynchronous professional development course on teachers’ knowledge base around and implementation of standards-based grading. The professional development course that is the research context for this study is shown to impact participants’ knowledge of standards-based grading as well as confidence in implementing the change to standards-based grading, but there were areas for improvement identified as a result of the study. The dissertation concludes with revisions and enhancements to the course which are grounded in the literature reviewed and the empirical study of the course.


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