For the past several years, the Appleton Area School District has studied methods of grading that accurately reflect and report student learning. This work has resulted in a standards-based approach that we call Grading for Learning.

We believe this will assist our teachers to authentically and accurately communicate student achievement on the identified course standards.

Standards-based instruction and grading expands the instructional purposes of grading. 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