Blackbaud Publishes eBook Focused on Grading and Assessing K-12 Online Student Work

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Leading expert on 21st century learning outlines key strategies to inform grading process

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Grading is such a critical component of the academic experience, especially with students who are learning online.

Blackbaud, Inc., the leading global provider of software and services for the global philanthropic community, today released an eBook outlining core concepts and strategies educators can use when grading and assessing K-12 online student work.

Written by Jonathan Martin, a 15 year head of school veteran turned writer and presenter on 21st century learning, “Grading and Assessing On-Line Student Work: Core Concepts and Key Strategies You Can Use Today” presents schools with a comprehensive guide addressing the challenges and opportunities for teachers evaluating student work and learning online. For example, it is important for schools to choose a learning management system that is able to become a seamless component of an educator’s daily routine to provide timely and intuitive insights for student work.

“Grading is such a critical component of the academic experience, especially with students who are learning online,” Martin said. “It’s important to provide teachers with strategies that make effective use of their limited time while providing students with the feedback they need to succeed.”

Blackbaud’s eBook explores:

  •     The pros and cons of online learning
  •     Methods for effective online assessment and grading
  •     Emerging practices, and the future of grading and assessment
  •     Questions to ask about grading and assessment practices

“We understand grading and assessments are top priorities for students and their families. The nature of an online classroom changes how teachers must approach the grading process,” said Travis Warren, president of Blackbaud’s K-12 Private Schools Group. “The new grading and assessment eBook provides schools with relevant resources to manage and make informed decisions on behalf of teachers, students and parents.”

For more information about Blackbaud’s K-12 Private Schools Group, visit

About Blackbaud
Serving the worldwide philanthropic community for more than 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines innovative software and services, and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works in over 60 countries to power the passions of more than 30,000 clients, including nonprofits, K-12 private and higher education institutions, healthcare organizations, foundations and other charitable giving entities, and corporations. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud and on-premise solutions, as well as a resource network that empowers and connects organizations of all sizes. Blackbaud's portfolio of software and services support nonprofit fundraising and relationship management, eMarketing, advocacy, accounting, payments and analytics, as well as grant management, corporate social responsibility, and education. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise, invest, manage and award more than $100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

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