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.
The score per question is a proficiency rating of how well a student was able to demonstrate their understanding of that particular standard.
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 understandingHow do I interpret the grades?
Grades are not linked to individual assignments.
Grades are a compilation of proficiency ratings, from assessment scores, for individual standards.
A grade then represents what you know and were able to do on an assessment, and not completion of an assignment.
A high grade indicates evidence that a student has a strong proficiency with the individual standards.
A low grade represents that a student’s proficiency is low with the individual standards; it does not indicate missing assignments.
Overall grades represent an overall proficiency with all of the standards.
How do I improve my grade?
Grades can always be improved, anytime, by re-assessing on the specific standards.
Students may come to understand a given standard better over time, and they can demonstrate that improved understanding by re-assessing.
Re-assessment allows for the opportunity to replace previous ratings on a specific standard or standards.
Students can re-assess on a single, or multiple, standards whenever they are ready.
Students should schedule with their teacher an opportunity to complete a re-assessment (typically done outside of class time) .
Re-assessment may come in the form of completing a different version of an assessment or completing some other performance task to demonstrate understanding .
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?
Grades are still reported in Pinnacle.
The headings are the standards not individual assignments.
Each standard grade is an average of the proficiency scores earned in that unit.
The overall grade is an average of all of the standard scores for the whole quarter.
Letter grades are assigned as follows:
Ø For example, if the average standard score is 2.52 the grade assigned is a B+.