High School District 230 is identifying essential learning standards and welcomes District 135 to move to SBG.
How is using standards-based grading (SBG) preparing these junior high students for high school?
Readiness for success in high school is dependent upon a student’s knowledge and skill mastery of key content concepts at the junior high/middle school level. SBG gives much more precise reporting on mastery.
Too often, high schools do not know what traditional grades mean or what they indicate. In other words, traditional grades do not offer information for mastery or proficiency and it is not clear what other variables, such as participation, effort, or attendance, may be included in traditional grades. SBG is much more clear for articulation purposes because it separates knowledge and skills from other factors.
The best way to prepare students for high school academic rigor is to ensure they have deeply mastered the skills and standards of learning, as well as practiced successful habits of mind at the elementary and junior high school level.
They're using letter grades in high school and college, I think junior high should just stick to using letter grades.
In a standards-based grading system, letter grades can still be used. In many districts, including high school districts, letter grades are used in SBG. High school districts using SBG have found ways to calculate Grade Point Averages (GPAs) that are sufficient for college boards.
A child's familiarity with grading scales and bell curves is somewhat irrelevant to mastery and application of knowledge.
Even higher ed is starting to move away from traditional grading models to an extent, MIT doesn't provide freshman grades anymore.
I could see standards-based grading being more suitable for elementary students, but overall, how is SBG suitable for junior high students?
SBG doesn't take away from the content that is taught, but it changes the way student understanding of the content is assessed and reported.
It is how students demonstrate learning, and the levels at which they apply learning according to standards that are graded and reported.
Focusing on skills and standards, teachers are able to help students grow to be better writers, problem solvers and thinkers...all necessities to succeed in higher education and in life.