The Annual Conference on Assessment & Grading

The Annual Conference on Assessment & Grading

  • USD $669 per person for teams of 5 or more

The educator’s goal is to ensure students love learning and are motivated to achieve at high levels. During this conference, you’ll hear keynotes and participate in breakouts packed with tools, tips, and templates for successful instruction and assessment. Gain strategies to ensure every student can answer these questions: “Where am I going and why?” “How am I doing?” “Where to next?” Experts will share implementation models, answer questions, and discuss next steps with your team. You’ll leave empowered and prepared to ensure every student, regardless of background, is college and career ready.

  • Develop a balanced assessment plan for your school or district, to ensure student investment in their own learning, frequent and specific feedback, gap analysis, improved instruction, and collaboration.
  • Acquire the skills to refine traditional lessons into standards-based lessons with clear learning targets.
  • Gain strategies to help students really understand classroom expectations and how their success will be measured.
  • Discover how to build common formative assessments and analyze the data to both remediate and extend instruction.
  • Develop a toolkit of feedback strategies to impact student investment and learning results.
  • Recognize how to build assessment literacy, utilizing a learning map to differentiate professional development.
  • Identify how technology can improve the instruction and assessment process.
  • Gain research-based approaches to standards-based grading and reporting.

Hear from our attendees

Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

Detailed agenda

Monday, October 22

7:00–8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00–9:45 a.m. Keynote
9:45–10:00 a.m.


10:00–11:30 a.m. Breakouts
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

1:00–2:30 p.m.


2:30–2:45 p.m.


2:45–3:45 p.m. Role-Alike Networking Meeting

Tuesday, October 23

7:00–8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00–9:30 a.m. Keynote
9:30–9:45 a.m.


9:45–11:45 a.m. Learning Labs
11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

1:15–2:45 p.m.


2:45–3:00 p.m.


3:00–4:00 p.m. Table Topics & Time with an Expert

Wednesday, October 24

7:00–8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:00–9:30 a.m.


9:30–9:45 a.m. Break
9:45–11:30 a.m.


Events reach capacity quickly. Please confirm your registration before making travel plans.

Convention Center Parking: $10 Self

Hyatt Parking: $33 Valet / $23 Self-Parking

All rates are per day and subject to change.

In order to receive the discounted hotel room rate, please mention Solution Tree. After the deadline listed below, rates will be determined by the hotel.

Primary Hotel

Hyatt Regency Phoenix - SOLD OUT

122 North Second Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

“Knowledgeable speakers provided ideas and strategies for making us become better as teachers AND making it easier to manage.”

Kim Tunney, teacher, Canyon Ridge Elementary School, Arizona

“Relevant content by credible educators . . . Solution Tree never fails to bring the best and brightest.”

Kelly Vines Nash, curriculum and instruction consultant, School of Education, University of Missouri-Kansas City

“I have never been to a conference that I truly enjoyed and learned so much from before this one!”

Gale Harrington, teacher, Armijo High School, California


Phoenix Convention Center - South Building

100 North Third Street

Phoenix, Arizona

Participation Information

You will receive a certificate of participation 4–6 weeks after the event concludes. Please check with your department of education for CEU availability.

Course Description

Reflection Paper

Additional Information

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