## Standards-Based Grading FAQ

**Why standards-based grading?**

There are many ways of giving feedback to students and parents. Grades are one of those ways. If we are going to use grades as our main method of providing feedback, they should reflect what knowledge and skills students have mastered. Standards-based scores help parents and students see what degree of proficiency has been attained on each standard.

**How is standards-based grading different from traditional grading?**

In traditional grading, the teacher scores each assignment, project, quiz or test based on a number of points. The number of points earned over a term divided by the number of points possible yields a percentage which is then converted into a letter grade. In standards-based grading, the teacher scores the student on each standard or learning goal using a proficiency level.

**How is a standards-based gradebook set up?**

You will not see assignment, project, or quiz and test names in my gradebook. Instead, in the field where the assignment name would normally appear, you will see a learning goal or standard. Following the standard, you will see a proficiency score of 4, 3, 2, 1, or 0.

**What do these proficiency scores mean?**

4: The student consistently demonstrates in-depth understanding of the standard.

3: The student demonstrates understanding of the standard.

2: The student partial understanding of the standard when working independently.

1: The student is only able to demonstrate understanding with the teacher's assistance.

0: The student is unable to demonstrate understanding; there is no evidence of learning.

**How do you determine a student's proficiency score for each standard?**

Throughout a unit, a student will generate the same types of work as he/she does in any classroom. This work yields information about the student's understanding of the standards. Scores are not placed in Infinite Campus until the end of the unit, because a student's understanding will grow over time.

**What if a student has not demonstrated proficiency by the end of the unit?**

I encourage students to continue working toward proficiency. They may continue to work on past standards with some caveats. See my Reassessment Policies for more information.

**How are these proficiency scores used to arrive at an end-of-trimester letter grade?**

In general, scores on all standards covered in a trimester will be averaged. The district's standards-based grading scale is below.

A = 3.75 to 4.00

A- = 3.50 to 3.74

B+ = 3.25 to 3.49

B = 3.00 to 3.24

B- = 2.75 to 2.99

C+ = 2.50 to 2.74

C = 2.00 to 2.49

C- = 1.75 to 1.99

D+ = 1.50 to 1.74

D = 1.25 to 1.49

D- = 1.00 to 1.24

E = 0.00 to 0.99

I see a percentage in Infinite Campus. What does it mean?

I see a percentage in Infinite Campus. What does it mean?

Infinite Campus divides the number of "points possible" by the total and generates a percentage, just like in a traditional gradebook. Unfortunately, there is no way to turn this setting off at the moment. Please ignore the percentage and look at the score on each standard to understand a student's progress.