Standards-Based Grading

  • Standards-Based Grading
    • Standards-Based Grading Scales, Calculations, and Conversions ...  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.
    • Standards-Based Grading - What to Know in 2021:  Standards-based grading (SBG) is an intentional way for teachers to track their students' progress and achievements while focusing on helping students learn and reach their highest potential. It is based on students showing signs of mastery or understanding various lessons and skills. In fact, many districts across the country have embraced the idea for decades. Standards-based grading is a way to view student progress based on proficiency levels for identified standards rather than relying on a holistic representation as the sole measure of achievement—or what Marzano and Heflebower called an “omnibus grade.”
    • What Is Standards-Based Grading:  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.
    • What Is Standards-Based Grading (Teacherease):  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.
    • Standards-Based Grading Podcasts by Eric and Matt Townsley
      • 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
        • Resources:

          • 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.
    • Oskaloosa Shares Standards-Based Grading Resources
    • Solon Community School District Shares Standards-Based Grading Resources

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This page was updated on November 16,2 021.