Standards Based Grading

First – HAPPY 4th of JULY!!!  Hope everyone had a great and safe holiday!

Second – Standards Based Grading…

For the second half of the school year my grade level counterpart and I decided to give SBG a try.  2 other math teachers in our building had started it at the beginning of the year and we talked to them to get some ideas before jumping in.  This is where I am at so far with this process.

We discussed it with our students and explained that they will be given quizzes every Thursday.  The quizzes will be assessing the recent standards covered and then graded from 5 to 10 out of 10.  To get a 5 they would have basically turned in a paper with nothing on it.  6 and 7 would mean that they are in need of some help on that standard.  An 8 would mean that they are almost there.  A 9 or 10 would mean that they understand the standard.  Homework would begone over and checked in, but not included as part of their grade.  It was still important to complete HW so that they each felt confident for the weekly quizzes.  This way if they say they do not know how to do something on a quiz and that is why they got a low grade on the quiz, I can look back in my gradebook to see if they had been competing their HW.  IF they have not, I can tell them that is why they did not do well.  The other teacher I work with started using Class Dojo to help her keep track of who did their HW and who did not.

This year our district would like to see the middle schools move to solely SBG.  I know this will be a tough push at first, but hopefully we can all see the benefit of this!  Many of our students are struggling, SBG allows for that to happen and not let students sneak by because they can “play school” and get good grades.  We have seen a higher correlation between SBG and other tests given in the year.

Hope this helps many people who are skeptical about SBG and yet want to give it a try this year!

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sue Butler
    Jul 04, 2014 @ 23:56:34

    Thanks for sharing your experiences and insights. I’m looking forward to picking your brain a bit on getting SBG going in other content areas.



  2. Michelle Thorne
    Jul 05, 2014 @ 10:54:32

    I really like the idea of SBG, I think it really is a better too to measure where a student is at with the expectations given to them. I’m excited to learn more about it this year!



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