As educators today focus on teaching students specific skills and concepts, more and more school districts are turning away from traditional grading systems in favor of a standards-based grading model.
In standards-based grading systems, students are evaluated on their mastery of specific goals, skills or standards. This helps educators, parents and students alike to see more clearly where gaps in achievement are occurring and additional work needs to be done.
A helpful way for educators to make the mental shift from traditional grading systems to standards-based systems is to begin organizing their grade books by standards or learning goals, rather than by assignment or unit. Assess each standard when you are confident that a number of students in the class have reached proficiency. You will then be able to more easily identify students who need additional work toward each goal.
For more information on standards-based grading, read our post on the 4 Common Roadblocks to Standards-based Grading – and How to Overcome Them.
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