“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).
What questions should I ask my student?
When talking with your child about his/her progress in school, consider asking your child the following questions:
• What standards are you working on in this class?
• What standards do you think you still need to learn?
• When was the last time you practiced / worked on [standard]?
• When was the last time you were assessed (i.e. test, quiz, project) on [standard]?
• What is your proficiency level in this content area or standard? What do you need to do to improve? What are your areas of strength?
• Have you set a goal with your teacher regarding next steps toward reaching proficiency?
• Do you keep track of your own progress for these standards? If so, what does that pattern look like?
• When is your next opportunity to reassess on [standard]?
• What practice, studying and/or re-teaching opportunities have you completed in preparation for the next reassessment opportunity?
• Are you working on your homework/practice?
What questions should I ask my child's teacher?
When contacting a teacher about learning in accordance with the standards, consider asking the following questions:
• When was the last time all students were assessed on [standard]?
• When is the next opportunity my child will have to reassess on [standard]?
• What practice, studying and/or re-teaching opportunities should my child take advantage of related to [standard] before reassessing?
• Is my child on target to reach the standard(s) by the end of instruction or end of the year?
• What will my child do after he/she reaches proficiency?
• Are formal assessments the only opportunity for my child to show proficiency?