Standards-based grading communicates how students are performing on a set of clearly defined learning targets called standards.
- The purpose of standards-based grading is to identify what a student knows, or is able to do, in relation to pre-established learning targets, as opposed to simply averaging grades/scores over the course of a grading period, which can mask what a student has learned, or not learned, in a specific course.
- Essentially, standards-based grading provides meaningful, actionable feedback that helps students take ownership over their own learning.
District 103 uses standards-based grading to communicate academic progress for students in grades K-4. During the 2016-2017 school year, this model is also being used in grade 5. By 2018-2019 it is the goal of the district to implement standards-based grading K-8.
From Daniel Wright Junior High School
- Illinois Principal's Association Discussion on SBG
- Colleges' Support of SBG
- Introductory Video (html) source: ActiveGradeTM
- Grades 6-8 in District 103: Video on Enhanced Grading Practices (html)
- Grades 9-12: Evidence Based Reporting (html) source: Stevenson High School
- Background Article from Educational Leadership, May 2017 (pdf)