Ken O’Connor
Independent Consultant


  • Grading

Ken O’Connor is an independent consultant who specializes in issues relating to communicating student achievement – specifically grading and reporting. He is a strong advocate for standards-based teaching, grading and reporting. He has been a staff development presenter and facilitator in 46 states in the U.S., nine provinces and one territory in Canada, and 22 countries outside North America. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Education from the University of Toronto. O’Connor’s 23-year teaching career included experience as a geography teacher and department head at six schools in Toronto and Melbourne. He was a curriculum coordinator for student assessment and evaluation and geography for the Scarborough Board of Education, and later the Toronto District School Board, from 1990 to 1999. He also worked as a consultant on secondary assessment at the Ontario Ministry of Education from 1998 to 1999. He is the author of “The School Leaders Guide to Grading,” “A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades,” “How to Grade for Learning: Linking Grades to Standards,” and “Fifteen Fixes for Broken Grades: A Repair Kit.”