In a standards-based system, teachers report what students know and are able to do in relations to state standards. This allows for teachers, students, and parents to better isolate in what areas each student is having difficulty and in which areas students are doing well.
Traditional grading systems that utilize the A, B, C, D, and F communicate or summarize a student’s achievement in a subject. Standards-based grading sums up a student’s level of achievement (e.g., below standard, approaching standard, meets standard, or exceeds standard) on individual, specific standards. Standards-based grading better isolates areas in which students are making progress and, more importantly, helps teachers and students to target areas in which students need further support and assistance.
Every teacher has their own method of SBG. When I post to the grade book my Formative assessments are all SBG on a scale of 1-4. These do NOT count toward the students final grade, since they are for practice only.
When I add these assignments to the grade book I use a system to keep track of the unit, lesson and task. Without this system the task will appear to 'run together' or be repeated. This is a number system.
- The first number is the unit we are in.....It will always be between 1 and 10.
- The second number is the learning target or lesson... It will always be between 1 and 5
- The third number is the task or practice the student is working on...It will always be between 1 and 3
2 represents the unit we are on.
4 represents the learning target we are covering for that unit.
1 represents the task. For each learning target the students get to practice it two or three times before being graded on it.