Standard Grading Standards Based Grading System Standards

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Many teachers fear the unknown and when a teacher’s routine gets changed there is discomfort. However, in many elementary schools, standards based grading is not a new concept. In fact, most teachers have been using some form of standards based grading. According to Tomlinson and McTighe, “Standards-based grading involves measuring students’ proficiency on well-defined course objectives” (Tomlinson & McTighe, 2006). The visual below compares traditional grading with standards-based grading practices. There are a few similarities; however, when comparing the two it becomes apparent that many current practices are tied to standards based grading. Traditional Grading System Standards-Based Grading System 1. Based on assessment methods (quizzes, tests, homework, projects, etc.). One grade/entry is given per assessment. 1. Based on learning goals and performance standards. One grade/entry is given per learning goal. 2. Assessments are based on a percentage system. Criteria for success may be unclear. 2. Standards bare criterion or proficiency-based. Criteria and targets are made available to students ahead of time. 3. Use an uncertain mix of assessment, achievement, effort, and behavior to determine the final grade. May use late penalties and extra credit. 3. Measures achievement only OR separates achievement from effort/behavior. No penalties or extra credit given. 4. Everything goes in the grade book – regardless of purpose. 4. Selected assessments (tests, quizzes,
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