How is a standards-based grading different from a traditional report grading?
Standards-based grading differs from traditional grading in the sense that there are no averages calculated for an overall subject area. Instead, specific skills are evaluated within each subject to better inform parents, students and teachers about any areas requiring additional student growth toward achievement.
Why assess student progress through a standards-based grading?
A standards-based grading identifies how well a student is mastering each academic skill being taught and assessed in class. In a standards-based learning environment, teachers can specifically be able to identify student strengths and weaknesses, thereby permitting a more informed approach to individual student instruction.
What will a standards-based report card tell you about your child?
Standards-based grading is effective in informing parents about specific skill achievement as measured against state and grade level benchmarks. For example, instead of earning a “B” in reading, a student will be evaluated separately in skills such as predicting, inferring, and comparing/contrasting details.
Will student learning behaviors be assessed?
On a standards-based grading system, behaviors are not included in the assessment of a student’s academic skills. Instead there is a separate area to assess learning behaviors.
How does a teacher know when a student has met a standard?
Criteria for determining the level of performance are outlined by the teacher to students using developed scoring guides based upon district and state standards.
How will this help students, parents, teachers, and the district?
Benefits to Students
- All students are held to the same standards across the district.
- Students are in charge of their growth and data while being focused to reach content standards (clear targets).
- Increased motivation due to goal setting, formative assessment and clear communicated descriptive feedback.
Benefits to Teachers
- Focus on standards.
- Increases communication at and across grade levels.
- Allows and enhances differentiated instruction for all students.
Benefits to Parents
- Gives specific skill areas for parents to reinforce at home.
- Consistency across the grade levels.
- Clear communication with teachers.