Standards Based Grading
What is Standards Based Grading?
"...measuring students' proficiency on well-defined course objectives."
ASCD. "Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading." Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading. Educational Leadership.
7 Reasons for Standards-Based Grading
Reason 2: We Need to Challenge the Status Quo
Reason 3: We Can Control Grading Practices
Reason 4: Standards-Based Grading Reduces Meaningless Paperwork
Reason 5: It Helps Teachers Adjust Instruction
Reason 6: It Teaches What Quality Looks Like
Reason 7: It's a Launchpad to Other Reforms
FAQ about Standards-Based Grading
1. What is the purpose of Standards Based Grading?
"To accurately represent students' abilities rather than the assignments or extra credit they complete."
2. How does Standards-Based Grading work?
"Units are divided into standards/targets, and students earn a grade for each standard/target."
3. What are the advantages of using Standards-Based Grading?
- "Focuses on student achievement. Clearly defines where the child is in terms of curricular expectations."
- "Learning targets are consistently identified and reinforced to students throughout instruction."
- "Students, parents, and teachers can easily see which learning targets have been mastered and which are in need of re-teaching or enrichment."
- "Creates more consistent curriculum between teachers on the same grade level."
- "Homework completion and compliance issues are reported separately from mastery of concepts and skills."
4. What is a disadvantage of using Standards-Based Grading?
- "Change takes time to build understanding in everyone involved."
- "Traditional grading practices are ingrained in the community and they, too, will have to go through the change process."
5. Is there research to indicate that Standards-Based Grading significantly increases student achievement?
"Research on standards-based grading shows overwhelmingly that students learn their subjects and perform better when instruction and assessment are each implemented with great fidelity."