Standards Based Grading

Standard-Based Grading

KMS teachers who use Standards-Based Grading believe that:

  • all scored tasks will correlate to one or more of the assessment criteria rubrics;
  • students will be well-informed (i.e. feedback, knowing the standard, self assessing their learning, etc.) prior to receiving a summative grade;
  • they will stay true to the appropriate rubric descriptors to honestly assess students' command of objectives;
  • grading will represent student performance on standards, not compliance, completion, or conduct; and
  • grades are fluid and adapt to new learning, culminating in a final grade that represents the students' achievement over the duration of the semester.

Standard-Based Grading Practices

  • In practice, KMS teachers who use Standards-Based Grading will:
  • take their individual classes through range-finding activities of sample student work early in the course to help students see how the rubrics are applied and clarify teacher expectations;
  • regularly communicate with students about their individual progress;
  • regularly document formative assessments in Parent Portal either with numerical scores or specific anecdotal comments;
  • use patterns in data rather than averages to determine overall criterion scores;
  • display overall criterion scores in Parent Portal, adjusted after summative assessments; and
  • provide additional rationale in Parent Portal if overall criterion scores do not seem to adhere to patterns.

Administration will address inconsistencies in how a teacher is determining overall criterion scores as personnel issues, not Standards-Based Grading issues.

Additional Information 

Buildingwide Retesting Policy
KMS Grading Policy
Standards Based Grading Diagrams

Grading Info for Parents
Character Grades

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