• Standards Based Grading – In a Nut Shell


    What is Standards-Based Grading?

    Standards-Based Grading is a grading practice devoted to giving students control over their own learning progress (and grade). It shifts the focus from earning points for completing assignments to demonstrating understanding of content. A Standards-Based Grade represents what a student has learned and can do.

    What are Standards?

    Standards are statements that communicate specific learning outcomes. 

    For example; “I can create a motion map” or “I can draw and interpret a position vs. time graph”. 

    The standards for the units can be found here: http://gpschools.schoolwires.net/Page/12329

    How are grades calculated? 

    Ø  Individual assessments are graded, question by question, with each question linked to a specific standard.  

    Ø The score per question is a proficiency rating of how well a student was able to demonstrate their understanding of that particular standard.  

    Ø Each standard may be assessed multiple times during a unit..

    Ø  Individual proficiency ratings range from 3 to 1.

    3      Student has shown an expert understanding

    2      Student has shown a minimal understanding

    1      Student has not shown an adequate level of understanding


    How do I interpret the grades?

    Ø Grades are not linked to individual assignments.

    Ø Grades are a compilation of proficiency ratings, from assessment scores, for individual standards.

    Ø A grade then represents what you know and were able to do on an assessment, and not completion of an assignment.

    Ø A high grade indicates evidence that a student has a strong proficiency with the individual standards.

    Ø A low grade represents that a student’s proficiency is low with the individual standards; it does not indicate missing assignments.

    Ø Overall grades represent an overall proficiency with all of the standards.

    How do I improve my grade?

    Ø Grades can always be improved, anytime, by re-assessing on the specific standards.

    Ø Students may come to understand a given standard better over time, and they can demonstrate that improved understanding by re-assessing.

    Ø Re-assessment allows for the opportunity to replace previous ratings on a specific standard or standards.

    Ø Students can re-assess on a single, or multiple, standards whenever they are ready.

    Ø Students should schedule with their teacher an opportunity to complete a re-assessment (typically done outside of class time) .

     Ø Re-assessment may come in the form of completing a different version of an assessment or completing some other performance task to demonstrate understanding .

    Ø Ratings for the standards will indicate where a student should focus their studying to improve their understanding, but they will also indicate where a student’s understanding is already strong.

    How are grades reported?

    Ø Grades are still reported in Pinnacle.

    Ø The headings are the standards not individual assignments.

    Ø Each standard grade is an average of the proficiency scores  earned in that unit.

    Ø The overall grade is an average of all of the standard scores for the whole quarter.

    Ø Letter grades are assigned as follows:




























    Ø  For example, if the average standard score is 2.52 the grade assigned is a B+.