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Standards Based Learning & Grading - September 16, 2020

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Standards Based Learning & Grading

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Standards-Based Learning & Grading (SBL&G) at George Mason is a system in which students receive feedback about their proficiency on a set of defined subject-specific criteria. Schools report students levels of performance on these criteria.

We believe that reporting growth and progress towards mastery of subject-specific criteria allows students to take ownership of their learning. This practice aligns with Falls Church City Public Schools’ vision to be a premier IB division. We believe this best practice allows us to focus on improving student achievement and to foster reflective, life-long learners, as part of the IB’s mission.

The classes involved in SBL&G at Mason are below.

  • Language & Literature 9

  • Math - Algebra 1 & Geometry

  • World History II

  • Biology and Earth Science

  • Theater I & II

  • Chorus

At Back to School Night, you will briefly hear from teachers speaking about how standards based learning will work in real time through the teaching and learning that will occur in their respective classrooms.

Dr. Dippold, our Middle Years Programme (MYP) Coordinator, has created this video to provide an overview of how SBL&G works at Mason along with how best to support your students' learning at home. If you have specific questions about SBL&G or MYP, please reach out to Dr. Dippold at:


Matt Hills, Principal

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