A traditional system done in the spirit of SBG is much, much better than an SBG system done poorly.
There are some great resources for making a whole school shift to standards based, but this is not one of them. These resources are aimed at teachers who want the benefits of standards based grading, but who work within a traditional grading system.
What do I mean by a traditional school? I mean a school where...
...grading software allows for points, or maybe category weights. No standards.
...assessments are named in general topics like “Quadratics”, points are assigned to each question, and the student gets one score on the top
...most assignments are viewed out of 100% and students rush to a calculator to find out that 5/7 is a 71%
...the end of the year grade is either out of 100, or A/B/C/D/F, and a GPA is used
...classes are tracked, and perhaps GPA is based on those tracks (e.g. honors students can get a higher GPA)
...it is encouraged that certain behaviors (e.g. homework completion, participation) are scored by completion
...there is no scholarship or participation grade separate from the letter grade
...most stakeholders want to see lots of grades in the grade book and don’t want you waiting for a summative to put in a grade
...textbooks and worksheets are used often
Norm your personal philosophy of grading
Think about three types of standards
Focus on assessing concepts with content standards
Push students to work like mathematicians with practice standards
Encourage academic habits and reflection with scholarship standards
Give students multiple opportunities to practice
Encourage and facilitate growth
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