Standards-Based GradingGrading and Reporting Belief SystemBexley Middle School has adopted a belief system about students and their learning that compels us to move beyond the traditional, single letter grade system. A shared set of beliefs guides this work:
What is Standards-Based Grading?Standards-Based Grading (SBG) is a set of teaching and reporting practices that communicate how a student is performing against a predetermined set of expectations. SBG reports achievement on each standard separately instead of combining them like in traditional systems.SBG also separates out behaviors such as effort, attendance, participation, timeliness, cooperation, and attitude, in an attempt to give the clearest picture of student learning possible.
- All students can learn at a high level and that it is our responsibility to utilize best practices to that end.
- The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning.
- The intended audiences for grade cards are students and their parents.
- The most accurate reporting systems are those that separate academic achievement from behavior reporting.
- Students deserve multiple opportunities to demonstrate what they know and can do after learning.
- Learning is a process and where you finish is more important than where you start or how long it took you to get there.
How is Standards-Based Grading different than traditional grading?
Adapted from O'Connor, K. (2009). How to grade for learning, k-12. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
SBG Explained (Student Version)Why do we have grades?What is Standards-Based Grading?How do we change the role of grades in learning?The End of AverageStandards-Based Grading Overview