“Although the shift from traditional grading practices to standards-based grading may require educators, students, and parents to reframe their existing beliefs and expectations about grades, the benefits to all stakeholders are powerful enough to warrant the change” (Heflebower 2014).
As we Continue to learn and grow within a standards-based environment, we can expect to see:
• Students as partners in their own learning.
• Students monitoring their own progress toward the achievement of learning targets.
• Learning targets that are clearly defined.
• Students understanding the expectations and purpose of each learning experience.
• Multiple opportunities and ways for students to demonstrate proficiency.
• Students who can think critically and solve real-world problems.
• All students achieving at their highest potential.
• Parents and their children discussing and monitoring progress on current learning targets.
• Parents receiving information about what their child knows and is able to do separate from behavior and work habits.
• Parents know specific content standards in which their child needs more support or more academic challenge.
• When considering college and career readiness, parents and students have a better idea of the learner’s academic strengths and weaknesses.