Standards-based grading (SBG) is a system of assessing students’ progress toward learning specific standards set for each grade level and course. It is not just a new way of grading but also a set of teacher practices that promote learning.
It is based on a growth mindset, the understanding that our skills and knowledge developed through effort and persistence.
All elementary schools will use updated report cards this year. The new report cards reflect the Essential Standards taught each year. Student behaviors are not graded on the report card; however, teachers will include notes in the comments section regarding behavioral strengths and areas of growth.
A new standards-based report card will be used this year at Cascade Middle School, Pacific Middle School, Sylvester Middle School, Evergreen High School, Highline High School, Mount Rainier High School, and Tyee High School. Feedback from these school communities will be used to further refine and develop the report card.