Standards-Based Grading

We Use Standards-Based Grading to Better Assess Learning.

What is standards-based grading?

  • Standards-based grading shows how a student performs on a set of learning targets called standards.
  • Learning targets help us understand what a student has learned and understand (knowledge), and what they are able to do (skills they have developed).  Where averaging grades/scores on tests do not tell us how well a student understands the material.

Why do we use standards-based grading?

Standards-based grading reports what students should know and be able to do within each content area at each grade level. It provides real-time monitoring of student performance that gives us a more accurate picture of student achievement.  Standards-based grading requires students to explain what they learned or did not learn rather than memorize information for a test.  It can benefit all learners – students who struggle and accelerated learners.  Parents are provided information on specific standards while receiving meaningful feedback.