Our Impact

A Pathway to Opportunity for Every Student

Through our research-based model of professional development, we have observed clear evidence that Crescendo Education Group supports efforts to enhance consistency and reliability in grading practices, strengthen relationships between students and teachers, and prioritize student learning based on mastery of content rather than points or behavior.

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Powerful Learning Experiences for Educators

Teachers consistently share that Crescendo Education Group’s professional development has a profound impact on them. It doesn’t just prepare them to implement more effective grading and assessment practices, it also inspires them to improve other aspects of teaching and learning connected to grading: lesson design, feedback strategies, teacher collaboration, and parent communication.
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Teachers would highly recommend our professional development to other teachers.

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Teachers find 1:1 coaching valuable from our Grading for Equity Coaches.

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Teachers report that our workshops had a higher impact vs. other professional learning experiences they’ve experienced.

Improved Grading Practices Benefit Everyone

When teachers implement equitable grading practices, everyone benefits: students, the teachers themselves, parents, and anyone who relies on grades to be accurate and fair. In our organization’s work with over 11,000 teachers and hundreds of districts, schools, and colleges, there are consistent, meaningful results:

Students

Decreased stress in classrooms

90% of teachers report reduced stress among students in their classrooms

Shift from a focus on ‘points’ to learning

It has been nice to have the conversations with students change from ‘How many points do I need?’ to ‘What do I need to learn?’

Stronger motivation and belief in their own success

Since moving to equitable grading, students who fall behind grade-wise can more easily improve, which causes a decrease in the number of students who give up because of no hope.

Greater agency and responsibility

Teachers are 3x more likely to agree that students understand how grades are determined and know how to improve them after our professional development.

Teachers

Improved relationships with students

85% of teachers report improved relationships with students.

Positive changes to grading practices and overall teaching

97% of teachers report improvement in not just grading, but their overall teaching

More effective teaching

98% of teachers report that their changes to grading has improved learning for all students.

Increased commitment to their district and connection to their community of educators

Nearly ½ of teachers report that our professional development made them more likely to stay in their school or district.

Leaders

Teacher-driven support for consistent, accurate, and fair grading

98% of teachers report positive changes to their approach to grading following our professional development.

Increased student success and reduced achievement disparities through improved grading, systemwide

We’ve tried a lot of strategies to reduce achievement gaps across our district. This professional development is the first thing that’s moved the needle.

Improved teacher job satisfaction and teacher retention

This work of improving grading has brought the joy back into teaching for me.

Increased commitment to their district and connection to their community of educators

This empowers me to be a catalyst for change – to make grading as fair and equitable as it can be for our students across the district.

Research-Based Approach to Ensure Equitable Grading for Every Student

Because equitable grading focuses on mastery of content, students receive grades that reflect their true learning without being inflated or deflated by other factors. Independent researchers at Elite Research Statistical Consulting, LLC, have measured the impact of improved grading practices on student grades and consistently found that our equitable grading professional development with teachers and leaders results in grades that are more accurate and fair. Crescendo Education Group’s professional development results in:
  • Decrease in student failure rates
  • Decrease in grade inflation
  • Increase in the correlation between teacher-assigned grades and standardized test scores (grading becomes more valid and reliable)
Learn more about the research on equitable grading:

Our Partners Have Seen the Impact of Improved Grading

Since 2014, we have supported hundreds of schools and districts nationwide in their journey towards equitable grading practices. Whether you’re just starting the conversation or have already implemented some strategies, we tailor our approach to meet you where you are, accelerating your progress towards grading systems that are accurate, bias-resistant, motivational, and support student learning. Here are a few examples of our partnerships and the impact of this important work.
Sunset picture with the San Leandro High School entrance in the foreground.
San Leandro Unified School District

Multi-year professional development for teachers in district’s high school and middle schools across all content areas. 

Highlights from our partnership and beyond:

  • Internal capacity built that has sustained grading practice changes
  • Widespread adoption from teachers and students
  • Decrease in D/F rates
Classroom with adult educators gathered in groups around tables discussing Crescendo Education Group grading initiatives.
National Association of Independent Schools

Annual summer conference bringing together teachers and leaders from across the country for an intensive 3-Day event.

Highlights from our partnership:

  • Collaborative strategic planning and sharing for effective implementation of equitable grading
  • Increased implementation of equitable grading among independent schools
Teachers in a classroom browse between bulletin boards that display teacher-driven standards based, equitable grading policies schoolwide.
Aspire Centennial College Preparatory Academy

Multi-year professional development for teachers in a middle school serving predominantly Hispanic students.

Highlights from our partnership and beyond:

  • Teacher-driven standards based, equitable grading policies schoolwide
  • Increase in consistency between teacher-assigned grades and scores on state exam
Classroom with adult educators gathered in groups around tables discussing Crescendo Education Group grading initiatives.
San Leandro Unified School District

Multi-year professional development for teachers in district’s high school and middle schools across all content areas. 

Highlights from our partnership and beyond:

  • Internal capacity built that has sustained grading practice changes
  • Widespread adoption from teachers and students
  • Decrease in D/F rates
Picture of the front of Freedom High School where an annual summer conference brings together teachers and leaders from across the country for an intensive 3-Day event.
National Association of Independent Schools

Annual summer conference bringing together teachers and leaders from across the country for an intensive 3-Day event.

Highlights from our partnership:

  • Collaborative strategic planning and sharing for effective implementation of equitable grading
  • Increased implementation of equitable grading among independent schools

Ready to help us expand our impact and transform grading practices?

If you’re ready to bring powerful learning experiences that improve grading to your school or district, let’s schedule a conversation.