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How a Standards-Based Grading Rubric is Used

How a Standards-Based Grading Rubric is Used

Standards-Based Grading (SBG) measures student's progress toward the learning goals for their grade. One important component of SBG is a rubric. Teachers use a rubric to track student's learning of essential standards.

The rubric provides families and students feedback on the student’s current learning and ways to progress. Students should use the rubric to set goals on what they need to do to move up to meeting a standard. I use a rubric to track your child’s learning of standards in [course name]. The rubric has four levels:

  • Beginning: Starting to understand the standard.
  • Approaching: Getting close to understanding the standard and can do the simpler parts of the skill independently.
  • Meeting: Fully understand the standard and can do the skill independently.
  • Exceeding: Advanced understanding of the standard and can demonstrate my knowledge in complex ways.

Standards are the academic skills your child needs to know and be able to do for their grade level by the end of the school year.

Grading is not based on behavior or how long it takes to demonstrate an understanding of a standard. The grade is based on how close your student is to meeting the standard. It may take students the entire unit or course to meet a standard. 

Our website has more information about SBG. Review this information online to learn more.