• What is Philosophy Behind Standards Based Grading?

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    Although perfection is impossible in grading, our goal in Standards-Based Grading is to have grades that are fair and less subject to bias, more accurate, specific so that both teachers and students can describe what it means to be proficient, and timely, providing effective feedback so that students can improve their performance

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  • Why SBG?

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    The West Plains R-7 School District uses a standards-based grading and reporting system. Standards-based grading measures student learning of the standards which are aligned with district curriculum, and state academic standards, The grades are based on the ability of a student to apply content knowledge and skills in and/or across content areas based on well-defined course objectives.

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  • SBG: What it is K-5

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    • Indicates what students know and are able to do

    • Measures a student’s progress towards proficiency

    • Indicates if a student has reached mastery

    • Teachers give a variety of assignments and assessments

    • Is authentic to the learning experiences of students, based on complex tasks, not rote memory

    • Involves a demonstration of proficiency, not a guess on a multiple-choice test

    • All assessments are linked to learning standards

    • Uses a 1, 2, 3, grading system

    • Grades are based upon most current mastery of the learning standards. Grades are not averaged.

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  • What SBG is Not

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    • A one-time test

    • An interim test (Benchmark, Quarterly, Midterm, Final, etc.)

    • Unknown expectations

    • Factoring extra credit, attendance, bonus points

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  • If students are allowed to retest, why should they try the first time?

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    “Retest” is not the most accurate description of what occurs. Having multiple opportunities to reach a standard should not be a repeat of the same performance. Prior to an additional chance for assessment, evidence of relearning should be indicated. Significant remediation should occur between the first attempt and the re-assessment. Authentic assessment should re-occur repeatedly in any grading system. The goal is to have students master the essential content/skills and be able to demonstrate that knowledge on the summative assessments. If students feel they are not getting multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency, they should talk to their teachers or administrators to address the issue.

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  • How Can I Understand My Child's Report Card

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    Proficiency scores are not and cannot be related to a traditional grade. When a parent sees proficiency scores on a report, they should consider that the goal of that report is to give them information regarding how their student can perform as measured against content standards. Parents can still contact teachers and principals directly when they have questions, they can look at the scales on the district website, or they can look at the legend on the report card.

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