Dr. Matt Townsley, an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Northern Iowa, has created the most comprehensive listing of Standards-Based Research available. Click here to access (external page, no affiliation with Bexley City Schools).
Public Schools (IA)
Referenced Grading: Questions & Answers
Springs School District (MO)
Moves Toward Proficiency-Based Learning (video)
Standards-Based Report Cards
Glacier Middle School (WA)
Seminar on Standards-Based Grading
of Education Reform
A Parent’s guide to the Elementary Standards-Based Achievement Record
(Canada) Ministry of Education
Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario’s Schools, First Edition Covering Grades 1 to 12
Heights Schools (OH)
Standards-based Grading Practices and Report Card Information (Video, 2015)
Standards Based Grades: Are You Confused? (Video, 2015)
Community School District (IA)
Secondary Standards-Based Grading and Reporting Handbook: A Parent’s Guide to Standards-Based Grading and Reporting (Fall 2012)
Licking Schools (OH)
Guide to Grading
City Schools (OH)
Standards-Based Reporting: Parent Guide 2015-2015 (rev. 8/7/2014)
Levels of School Effectiveness (August 2012)
City Schools Standards-Based Reporting System
Public Schools (WA)
Card Guide for Middle School Families
School District (WA)
Standards Based Grading FAQ’s
County School District #1 (WY)
Grading: Teacher Handbook 2015-2016
Local School District (OH)
Licking Valley High School Student Handbook
School District (KY)
County High School Standards Based Grading Handbook: A Guide to Full
Jack Young Middle School – Parent Guide to Standards Based Grading
Community Unit School District (IL)
Comprehensive Grading Plan
City Schools (OH)
Assessment and Grading Practices
Higley Unified School District (AZ)
& Grading Handbook Grade K-5
Illinois Standards Based
Getting to Proficiency
North East School Division – Saskatchewan (CA)
J., Hartman, M., & Black, M. (n.d.). Battelle for Kids and ACT, Inc.: Using
Value-Added Analyses and QualityCore in Ohio to Better Prepare All Student for
College and Career [Presentation]. Retrieved from http://slideplayer.com/slide/7529493/
K. (2014, June 19). 5 Lost Images Found Hidden Beneath Famous Paintings.
Retrieved from http://gizmodo.com/5-lost-images-found-hidden-beneath-famous-paintings-1592796080
Sheldon, A.E., & Grady, C.E. (2011, November). Grading on a Curve: The Illusion of Excellence in Ohio’s Schools. Retrieved from http://www.oagc.com/files/OAGC_Grading_On_A_Curve_Final.pdf
Ohio Department of Education. (2016, January 19). Performance Level Recommendations for Ohio’s Math and English Language Arts State Tests. Retrieved from http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Testing/Ohios-State-Test-in-ELA-Math-Science-SocialStudies/State-Tests-Content-Preparation-for-Teachers/Educators-participate-in-development-of-state-test/Performance-Level-Recommendations.pdf.aspx
Bandeira de Mello, V., Bohrnstedt, G., Blankenship, C., & Sherman, D. (2015). Mapping State Proficiency Standards Onto NAEP Scales: Results from the 2013 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Assessments. Retrieved from http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch
June). A Guide to Competency-Based Education Model. [Web
log post]. Retrieved from http://www.assignmenthelp.net/blog/competency-based-learning/
(1990) Motivation: What Teachers Need to Know. Teachers College Record, 91(3), 409-421. Retrieved from http://www.unco.edu/cebs/psychology/kevinpugh/motivation_project/resources/ames90.pdf
Arum, R. (2016, March). Navigating College. Retrieved from http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational_leadership/mar16/vol73/num06/Navigating_College.aspx
Black, P. & Wiliam, D. (1998, September). Inside the black box: raising standards
through classroom assessment. Retrieved from http://weaeducation.typepad.co.uk/files/blackbox-1.pdf
Chronicle of Higher
Education. (2012). The role of higher education in career development: employer
perceptions. Retrieved from https://chronicle.com/items/biz/pdf/Employers%20Survey.pdf
Claxton, G., Costa, A. & Kallick, B. (2016, March). Hard thinking about soft skills.
Retrieved from http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/mar16/vol73/num06/Hard-Thinking-about-Soft-Skills.aspx
Donovan, S. J.
(2016, February 14). Standards-based
what? Retrieved from http://www.ethicalela.com/standardsbasedwhat/
Friess, J. (2016, April). Respecting
learning as a process. OASSA E-Update, 17, 8.
& Ehringhaus, M. (2013, August). Formative
and summative assessments in the classroom. Retrieved from http://www.amle.org/TabId/271/ArtMID/889/ArticleID/286/Formative-and-Summative-Assessments-in-the-Classroom.aspx?_cldee=amFzb24uY2F1ZGlsbEBiZXhsZXlzY2hvb2xzLm9yZw%3d%3d
Guskey, T. (2010, October). Why the label ‘exceeds standard’ doesn’t work. [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2014/10/why_the_label_exceeds_standard_doesnt_work.html
Swan, G.M. & Jung, L.A. (2011). Grades that Mean Something: Kentucky
Develops Standards-Based Report Cards. Phi
Delta Kappan, 93(2), 52-57.
Retrieved from http://education.ky.gov/school/Documents/Grades%20that%20Mean%20Something.pdf
(2016, May 19). This ed-reform trend is supposed to motivate students. Instead,
it shames them. The Washington Post.
Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/05/19/data-walls/?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory
Hosler, J. (2012, November 23). Making powerschool do standards-based grading. Retrieved from http://www.jameshosler.com/2012/11/making-powerschool-do-standards-based.html
Kamenetz, A. (2016, February). Standards, grades and tests are wildly outdated, argues ‘end of average’ . Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/02/16/465753501/standards-grades-and-tests-are-wildly-outdated-argues-end-of-average
(2015, August). Are letter grades failing
our students? Retrieved from http://neatoday.org/2015/08/19/are-letter-grades-failing-our-students/
(2016, June). Use of Letter Grades for Student School Performance. [Web
log post]. Retrieved from
Nesbit, J. (2013, December). Standards-based grading: what parents need to know. Retrieved from http://www.schoolfamily.com/school-family-articles/article/10881-standards-based-grading-what-parents-need-to-know
O’Connor, K. (2009, October 30). NESA Fall Training Institute. Troubleshooting and implementing standards-based grading.
Retrieved from https://www.nesacenter.org/uploaded/conferences/FTI/2009/spkr_handouts/OConnorKen1.pdf [JC3]
Peters, R. & Buckmiller, T. (2016) Our Grades Were
Broken: Overcoming Barriers and Challenges to Implementing Standards-Based
Grading. Journal of Educational
Leadership in Action, 2(2).
Retrieved from http://www.lindenwood.edu/ela/issue04/buckmiller.html
Pitler, H. (2016, June). My problems with letter grades in school. Retrieved from http://inservice.ascd.org/my-problems-with-letter-grades-in-school/
Reeves, D. B. (2000). Standards Are
Not Enough: Essential Transformations for School Success. NASSP Bulletin, 84(620), 5.
Reeves, D. (2016, January 26). The "Getting Them Ready" Myth. [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.solution-tree.com/blog/the-getting-them-ready-myth/
Spotlight on Homework. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nea.org/tools/16938.htm
Sackstein, S. (2016, February 14).
Shifting the grading mindset starts with our words. [Web log post]. Retrieved
Sackstein, S. (2016, February 16). Students need
multiple opportunities for learning. [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/work_in_progress/2016/02/students_need_multiple_opportu.html
Townsley, M. & Buckmiller, T. (2016, January). What does the research say about
standards-based grading? Retrieved
Black, P., Harrison, C., Lee, C., Marshall, B., &
Wiliam, D. (2003). Assessment for
learning: Putting it into practice. Maidenhead, UK: Open University Press.
Brookhart, S. M. (2009). Grading. New York, NY: Merrill.
Dueck, M. (2014). Grading
smarter, not harder: Assessment strategies that motivate kids and help them
learn. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
DuFour, R., & Marzano, R. J. (2011). Leaders of
learning: How district, school, and classroom leaders improve student
achievement. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.
Dweck, C. S. (2006). Mindset:
The new psychology of success. New York, NY: Random House.
Guskey, T. R. (Ed.). (1996). Communicating
student learning: The 1996 ascd yearbook. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
Guskey, T. R.,
& Bailey, J. M. (2010). Developing standards-based report cards.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
Guskey, T. R. (2014). On your mark: Challenging the conventions of grading and reporting.
Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.
Hattie, J. (2009). Visible
learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement.
London, UK: Routledge.
Hattie, J. (2012). Visible
learning for teachers: Maximizing impact on learning. London, UK:
Johnson, D. W., & Johnson, R. T.
(2002). Meaningful assessment: A manageable and cooperative process. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
Littky, D., & Grabelle, S.
(2004). The big picture: Education is everyone's business. Alexandria,
Marzano, R. J. (2000). Transforming
classroom grading. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
National Middle School Association, & Association
for Middle Level Education. (2010). This
we believe: Keys to educating young adolescents. Westerville, OH: AMLE.
O'Connor, K. (2009). How
to grade for learning, k-12. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
O'Connor, K. (2010). A
repair kit for grading: Fifteen fixes for broken grades. New York, NY:
Vatterott, C. (2009). Rethinking homework: Best practices that support diverse needs.
Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
Vatterott, C. (2015). Rethinking grading: Meaningful assessment for standards-based learning.
Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
Wiliam, D. (2011). Embedded
formative assessment: Practical strategies and tools for K-12 teachers.
Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.
(2012, November 16). Standards-based grading overview. [Video
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[HarvardEducation]. (2014, October 08). The end of average: Todd rose's '8 for 8'. [Video File]. Retrieved from
Sackstein, S. [TEDx
Talks]. (2016, June 2). A recovering perfectionist's journey to give up grades. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/_61kL5jeKqM.
Slagter, L. (2016, July
11). Students perform better when tests are better. [Video
File]. Retrieved from http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2016/07/students_perform_better_when_t.html.
Townsley, M. [Matt
Townsley] (2011, November 8). What is standards-based grading? [Video
File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/k3dyJAkYsew.
[TEDxTalks]. (2015, February 9). De-grading education. [Video File]. Retrieved
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Publishers]. (2010, December 21). Defining mastery. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPUqKp-n_hs.
Wormeli, R. [Stenhouse
Publishers]. (2010, November 23). How much should homework count? [Video
File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMJ-vEl4WB8.