"The teacher and the administrator sat side-by-side in the teacher’s classroom for a post-observation reflective conference. To engage the teacher in reflective thinking, the administrator asked the teacher a question about a student they had recently discussed. 'So how is Jeremy doing in your English class?' The teacher opened her grade book, ran her finger down the page to Jeremy’s name, moved her finger across the page, and replied, 'He has an 83.5 average in my class.' Pausing for a moment, the administrator quietly said, 'Close your eyes for a moment and picture Jeremy. Tell me what you know about where Jeremy is in mastering the standards addressed in the current unit of study.' Sheepishly the teacher smiled and said, 'I’m not really sure.'"
Oliver, Bruce. “Making the Case for Standards-Based Grading” Just for the ASKing! January 2011. Reproduced with permission of Just ASK Publications & Professional Development (Just ASK). © 2011 Just ASK.
The standards based report card will provide you with in-depth information about your child’s achievement in school. Through more specific feedback based on standards, both teachers and parents will be able to better focus on helping students meet grade-level goals rather than simply on earning grades. In addition, the standards based report cards and the accompanying rubrics allow for more consistency in proficiency reporting from one teacher to another.