Helpful Tips for Creeds Parents

Understanding Standard Based Grading from Mrs. Conger

Why does the school division use standards-based grading report cards at the elementary level?

The division implemented a standards-based report card in 2013 to allow parents/legal guardians to receive more detailed information about their child's academic strengths and challenges and to better ensure consistent grading practices in all elementary schools.

Has this approach been tested?

Standards-based grading is an emerging national trend that progressive school divisions across the country are embracing. VBCPS is in the third year of full implementation of standards-based grading and spent an additional two years field testing the report card. The standards-based report card was developed with input from parents and staff to better inform parents of students’ academic progress.

How will my child be graded?

N: Novice - Needs improvement; not making expected progress toward proficiency
  • DP: Developing Proficiency - Beginning to grasp and apply key concepts, processes and skills
  • P: Proficient - Regularly grasps and applies key concepts, processes and skills with limited errors
  • AP: Advanced Proficient - Consistently demonstrates proficiency; grasps, applies and extends key concepts,
    process and skills
  • How does the standard-based report card format show a student's academic performance?

    The proficiency score assigned to each standard shows a parent how well his/her child is progressing in a specific skill of a subject area.

    Are the proficiency scores students earn on classroom assignments the same scores (AP, P, DP and N) used on the report card?

    Yes. Assignments given to all students use the same proficiency scores that appear on the report card. In addition, class assignments also contain descriptive feedback aligned to the specific objective being taught to communicate student progress

    What is a "standard" and where are they located on each of the report cards?

    Report cards for each grade level include a variety of subject areas such as math, reading, science, social studies, music, art and health/physical education. Under each subject area is a breakdown of the "standards" or expectations for student learning and achievement tied to those subject areas. These standards are written in a parent-friendly format. Your student receives proficiency scores for each standard to indicate his/her progress in a subject area. For example, instead of receiving an overall score/grade for the subject area of math, a third grade student has proficiency scores that detail progress in addition, subtraction, multiplication, units of measure, plane and solid geometric shapes and the concepts of probability.

    Is each standard given a proficiency score during every grading period?

    Students only receive proficiency scores for the standards taught and/or assessed during a grading period.

    Standards Based Grading
    Standards-Based Grading Overview