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How is Standards-Based Reporting (SBR) Different from Traditional Grading?

SBR Report Card Template

As communicated last school year, District 101 will begin using standards-based reporting for grades K-5. The following is a recap of the information previously shared by building principals.

Traditional Grading Standards-Based Reporting

Connected to assessment methods

Directly connected to standards

Norm-referenced (success defined in comparison to peers)

Criterion-referenced (success defined by comparison to standard criteria)

Achievement, effort, attitude, & behavior
all factors

Achievement is the only factor

Every grade recorded with minimal
support for reassessment

Most recent assessment information used

Averaging all grades

Various forms of data collected
Variation of assessment quality Quality assessments aligned to standards

Consider this scenario…Two students sit in the same reading class. Throughout one week, homework is assigned and taken for a completion grade daily and an end of the week quiz is given to students on Friday. 

  • Student 1 doesn’t complete any assigned homework (0/5), but earns a 10/10 on the quiz, showing Mastery of the content. Therefore Student 1 gets a 10/15=66% (D) in the class. 
  • Student 2 completes all assigned homework (5/5), but earns a 7/10 on the quiz, showing partial understanding of the content. Student 2 gets a 12/15=80% (B) in the class.

Student 2 actually ends the unit with less understanding of the content, but a grade two grade letters higher. Do you see a disconnect between the two students’ understanding and their grades? SBR will correct this misrepresentation, reporting academic behaviors (ie. homework completion) separately from academic learning.