“In education, the term standards-based refers to systems of instruction, assessment, grading, and academic reporting that are based on students demonstrating understanding or mastery of the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn as they progress through their education. In a school that uses standards-based approaches to educating students, learning standards—i.e., concise, written descriptions of what students are expected to know and be able to do at a specific stage of their education—determine the goals of a lesson or course, and teachers then determine how and what to teach students so they achieve the learning expectations described in the standards.” (EdGlossary, 2014)
We’ve made a great deal of progress on the path to becoming a standards-based school in the last few years. We have
- used the 15 Fixes to develop Assessment Agreements in each school.
- created a PK-12 Report Card Purpose Statement.
- crafted a comprehensive PK-12 Assessment Policy.
- developed Common Assessment Guidelines.
- created school-wide Student as a Learner descriptors and rubrics for Collaboration, Attitude and Responsibility.
- developed a Standards-Based report card in the middle school.
With a continued focus on assessment this year, consultant Tom Schimmer will be on campus from November 14-25. Schimmer has worked extensively with schools in the NESA and EARCOS regions. While here, he will be working with teams of teachers from each school. You can check out his blog here to learn more.
For more information on SBGR, you can join the Standards Based Learning and Grading Facebook group, follow #sblchat on Twitter, check out the book offerings in the Office of Learning professional library, or read these articles:
ASCD: Seven Reasons for SBGR
Edutopia: 3 Peaks and Pits of Standards-Based Grading
A Checklist for Implementing SBGR
Glossary of Education Reform: Standards-Based