Standards Based Grading
A new way to report on student progress in ISD 279-Osseo Area Schools
Standards-Based Grading results in grades that are more meaningful, accurate, consistent, and supportive of learning
This year, Osseo Area Schools begins the first year of a three-year plan to implement a new grading and reporting system for all students. “Standards-Based Grading” means that students are graded on what they know and have learned how to do after they were taught a specific concept or skill (a “standard”). In standards-based grading systems, students, parents, and teachers have more accurate information about exactly what students should be learning and what they actually have learned as a result of instruction.
District 279 teachers and administrators have been studying standards-based grading and reporting for several years, examining local and national research and gathering input from teachers, administrators, parents and students. During the next three years, parents/guardians and students will see gradual changes in our grading and reporting practices, leading up to full implementation in 2013-2014.
Standards-Based Grading supports greater accountability for learning
Many school districts across the country are moving to a standards-based grading system because, in part, of an increasing need to ensure that students are learning the concepts and skills they need to be successful and responsible citizens in the 21st century. Other skills and attributes, such as effort, organizational skills, courtesy, and timeliness still matter, of course. In a standards-based grading system, however, the main purpose of a grade is to show what was actually learned.
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