For the past several months we have had a group at school that has been looking standards based grading (SBG). For the past few months we have been reading a book about the subject and then discussing what we learned. Sometimes I think that I have more questions now that I know more about SBG. Like will this get kids to push themselves or will they settle for a proficiency and no longer care about doing the best or learning more? Is there a difference between SBG and Content? For example in ELA you may be able to cite explicit examples of something, but does that mean you don’t need to learn the content for American Literature or British Literature etc.? Is proficient an A or should it be a B so that exemplary can be an A?
Yes, I do believe that SBG will give a better picture of what the student can and can’t do. But we also need to find a way to grade those employability skills! So much to continue discussing and come up with answers for.