Equity and Grading During COVID-19


Course Description

Now that many of us are teaching online, the question is, how do we ensure equity in our grading? Should we assign grades? These are questions that we are all considering as the weeks continue during this pandemic. Many of us received a crash course on teaching online, but the limited to no training that we have taken may cause stress and anxiety for educators and the families we serve.

This mini-course serves as an extension to the Teaching Online Course. We recommend that if you haven't taken the Teaching Online: A Step-By-Step Course to Launch and Lead an Equitable Online Classroom, you start there as this course provides more focus on equity in our grading during COVID-19.

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Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D.

Founder of the Leading Equity Center


Course Information

Equity and Grading During COVID-19 was built to help you learn how grading during these times rewards privilege and negatively impacts students who are most vulnerable. If you need to learn ways that you can make adjustments to your current grading policies with an equity lens, this is the course for you.

  • Learn at your own pace. There are a total of 9 lessons. We start with the origins of education in the US and address how traditional grading practices continue to be bias.
  • Making the case to resist the urge to grade during COVID-19. We provide multiple examples as to why grading is inadequate, inaccurate, and inequitable during a pandemic.
  • Resources. Multiple resources are available in the course for further study on grading and equity.
  • Certificate of Completion. After completing the course, you can print out your certificate from the Leading Equity Center.


Learning Outcomes

 Across 9 lessons, you'll will:

  • Identify ways our current grading practices undermine equity
  • Discover how stress and home environments impact academic performance
  • Describe the differences between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
  • Recognize the need for flexibility during COVID-19


Our current education system is still based on a system created during the industrial revolution. Learn ways that we can disrupt inequitable grading policies in online learning.


Course Curriculum

Lesson 1: In what ways do our current grading practices undermine equity?

Lesson 2: What are some key examples of how equity issues continue in our grading systems?

Lesson 3: How does grading impact race and classism?

Lesson 4: How does COVID-19 impact equity in our grading?

Lesson 5: What type of content can I use in online education?

Lesson 6: What do I do if students aren't connecting or turning in assignments?

Lesson 7: Should I consider this time as a "wash" and just prepare for next year?

Lesson 8: What are some things that I should be considering when my school building reopens?

Lesson: 9 How will COVID-19 impact our high school seniors?