Our grading practices in Anoka-Hennepin are changing to a system that allows teachers to more accurately and consistently report student achievement to students and parents relative to state and local learning standards. During the upcoming 2019-20 school year, in select mathematics, physical education, and health classes at the middle and high school level, Anoka-Hennepin will be piloting a change to the way student grades are determined and communicated.
This standards-based reporting system focuses on student learning rather than the earning of points or a single grade based on an overall average. In a standards-based classroom, student work is evaluated as evidence of learning, and teachers and students use established criteria to determine what level of learning is evident from the student work.
Grades must be accurate and meaningful so that teachers, students, and parents know exactly what progress has been made and what opportunities there are for growth. Providing feedback to students around specific learning standards has shown to significantly boost achievement and motivation for students.
Moving to the standards-based reporting is a change that’s years in the making, which is being led by teachers, and comes with years of foundational work. The shift to standards-based reporting will occur in phases, with some mathematics, health, and physical education courses piloting this year, and other courses moving forward in following years. The transition should be done by the 2023-24 school year.
What will this look like in the gradebook?
First, the report card is not changing. So when students and parents look at the report card, they’ll still be earning As, Bs, etc.
That said, teachers using a standards-based reporting system may use a gradebook that focuses on the most important standards/benchmarks (called “priority standards/benchmarks”). Rather than a list of assignments and points earned, student knowledge will be evaluated using a 4, 3.5, 3, 2.5, 2, 1.5, 1, .5, 0 proficiency scale that will allow parents, students, and others to determine exactly what the student knows. Daily practice (homework) completion may be noted in the gradebook, but may not be calculated into the final course grade. This reflects the belief that students should be graded based on what they know rather than their first attempts at learning.
If you have questions, you can read more about standards-based reporting, or you can contact your son or daughter's teacher directly as they're the best source of information about your student’s achievement.