Standards-Based Grading

Cons of traditional grading

  • Inconsistency between teachers on what factors are included in grades
  • Inconsistency between teachers on what weight each grade receives
  • Achievement grades often include behaviors and efforts

Essential Questions

  • What do students need to know and be able to do?
    • District Curriculum
    • State Standards
  • How will we know they have learned it?
    • Formative Evaluation: Assessment for learning – checking learning along the way; teacher-made quiz
    • Summative Evaluation: Assessment of learning – final check – include on report card; consistent between schools

Change in thinking

  • Teachers teach to the test – because the test is the culmination of what they have learned.
  • Explain to students what is expected.
  • Behaviors, attendance, effort is separated from achievement grade.

Symbol

4

3

2

1

Definition

Exceeds: Student demonstrates a thorough understanding of facts, concepts, and/or principles, making in-depth inferences, applications, and connection

Meets: Student meets grade level expectations with minimal teacher support

Approaching: Student is developing and often depends upon teacher for assistance

Area of Concern: Student is not meeting grade level expectations

Symbol

E

S

N

Definition

Excellent: Consistently and independently demonstrates appropriate behavior, attitude, & effort toward the goal

Satisfactory: Generally demonstrates appropriate behavior, attitude & effort toward the goal with a few reminders

Needs Improvement: Needs frequent reminders to demonstrate appropriate behavior, attitude or effort toward the goal

Grade

A+

A

A-

B+

B

B-

C+

C

C-

D+

D

D-

F

% Cutoff

100%

93%

90%

88%

83%

80%

78%

73%

70%

68%

63%

60%

< 60%

Rubric Equivalent

4

3.8-3.9

3.4-3.7

3.1-3.3

3.0

2.6-2.9

2.1-2.5

2.0

1.6-1.9

1.1-1.5

1.0

0.6-0.9

< 0.6

Fine Arts Music

Effort

Knows the elements and expressive qualities of music

Understands how works of music are produced through creating and performing

Recognizes the role of music in everyday life, past and present

Q1

  

  

  

  

Q2

E

4

3

4

Q3

  

  

  

  

Q4

E

4

3

4

Fine Arts Music

Overall

Effort

Knows the elements and expressive qualities of music

Understands how works of music are produced through creating and performing

Recognizes the role of music in everyday life, past and present

Q1

  

  

  

  

  

Q2

A

E

4

3

4

Q3

  

  

  

  

  

Q4

A-

S

3

3

3

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