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High (9-12)

In a traditional grading system, a student’s performance for the grading period is certified through the accrual of points, often converted to percentages, which includes assignments introduced as practice or 1st attempts in learning. 

The essential question answered in a traditional grading system is: How many points have I accrued on everything evaluated throughout the grading period? A standards-based grading system certifies a student’s demonstration of performance on a standard by the end of a grading period.

Standards-based grading

  • clarifies learning goals/targets
  • clearly identifies success criteria for learning goals/targets
  • states clear indications of student strength/weaknesses
  • provides information on career and life skills
  • supports instructional practices that maximize student motivation

2023-24 Secondary Standards-Based Grading and Instruction Family Guide

Grade Determination