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Standards-Based Grading and Report Cards

What is Standards-Based Grading?
Standards-Based Grading is a system that evaluates students’ progress toward mastering specific learning targets called standards. The goal of standards-based grading is to meet proficiency expectations by the end of the school year. For more details, you can view our District 31 Standards-Based Grading Handbook here.

Why Standards-Based Grading?
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  • Strengthens communication about student learning to better inform and empower families and to help build strong partnerships, which are critical to student success.
  • Allows students and families to better understand which learning targets have already been mastered and which standards require further learning to reach mastery.
  • Leverages a learner-centered approach, which encourages a deeper understanding of the subject matter.

Academic and Behavioral Standards
Each academic standard has a description of the level of mastery related to year-end learning expectations, which includes clearly-established learning targets for each standard. The proficiency level provides a snapshot of where the student is on their learning journey to year-end expectations.
The goal for a child at the “beginning” or “developing” level in their learning is to meet proficiency
expectations by the end of the year. Academic standards are reported on separately from behavior
expectations using the following levels of proficiency:


View the Standards-Based Grading Information Sheet

Additional Information