Standards-Based Grading

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Matt Townsley of Iowa shares his research and best practices in standards-based grading.  Check here his comprehensive list of standards-based research.

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Cybrary Man provides multiple resources for grading practices, including standards-based grading.

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"Grading and Reporting Student Learning" by Tom Guskey provides slides, resources, questions, and answers. 

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A teacher, Laurie Amundson, shares how she made grading more meaningful for her math students.

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Oskaloosa Shares Standards-Based Grading Resources

 

"Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading":  This article by Patricia Schriffiny was provided in Educational Leadership, 2008.

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Rick Wormeli shares a letter to the editor in Forest City's The Summit.

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Check out the responses of this Oregon School District and the resources they used.

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Standards-Based Grading (SBG), also referred to as Mastery or Competency Grading, uses a different scale from the traditional 0-100 point grading scale. Many use a four-category scale to communicate a student’s level of mastery; however, this can vary depending on implementation.

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Standards-based grading, sometimes called proficiency grading, is a method for teachers to measure how students are doing in meeting the learning goals for their grade as determined by their state’s standards.

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During this interactive webinar, Dr. Robert J. Marzano will compare and contrast standards-based grading with competency-based grading.

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  • Podcast #1:  An Introduction to Standards-Based Grading
    • Erickson, J.A. (2011). A call to action: Transforming grading practices. Principal Leadership, 12(1), 42-46. Available online.

      Scriffiny, P.L. (2008). Seven reasons for standards-based grading. Educational Leadership, 66(2), 70-74. Available online.

      Winger, T. (2005). Grading to communicate. Educational Leadership, 63(3), 61-65. Available online.
  • Podcast #2:  Standards-Based Grading vs Competency-Based Education
    • Iowa Department of Education Competency-Based Education Pathways
    • What is the Difference between Standards-Based Grading (or Reporting) and Competency-Based Education?
  • Podcast 3:  Standards-Based Grading First Steps
    • Chappuis, S., & Chappuis, J. (2007) The best value in formative assessment. Educational Leadership, 65(4), 14-19 
    • How should learning teams choose essential outcomes? Blog post by our friend, Bill Ferriter
  • Podcast 4:  Formative Assessment in Standards-Based Grading
    • Chappuis, J. (2005). Helping students understand assessment. Educational Leadership, 63(3), 39-43. Available online.
    • Pendergrass, E. (2013). Differentiation: It starts with pre-assessment. Educational Leadership, 71(4). Available online.
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  • Podcast #5:  Role of Homework in Standards-Based Grading
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      • Vatterott, C. (2011). Making homework central to learning. Educational Leadership, 69(3), 60-64. Available online
      • Korbey, H. (2013). How to create effective homework. MindShift. Available online.

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West Branch (IA) shares why standards-based grading works.

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Standards-based grading (SBG) is an innovation in education that focuses on learning and helps increase achievement. It is often combined with updated instructional practices and culture to better engage students and foster a positive environment. This page is an introduction for parents and educators new to standards-based education.

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Standards-based grading (SBG) is an innovation in education that focuses on learning and helps increase achievement. It is often combined with updated instructional practices and culture to better engage students and foster a positive environment.

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