Standards Referenced Grading

The term Standards Referenced Grading (SRG) refers to instructional approaches that are aligned to learning standards. In other words, standards referenced, refers to the use of learning standards to guide what gets taught and assessed in schools. Standards referenced grading measures how well an individual student is doing in relation to the grade level/course standards, not the work of other students. A standards-based grade reporting system is designed to inform you about your child’s progress toward achieving specific learning standards. The Iowa Academic Standards establish high and challenging expectations for all students. They describe what students should know and be able to do and serve as the basis for the Independence Community School District’s curriculum, instruction, and assessment model.

The purpose of grading is to: 

  1. Measure (gather evidence of) current learning with regard to the standards
  2. Provide feedback to students, teachers, and parents
  3. Communication tool for staff, students, and parents

The grading principles include:

  1. Consistent 4-point scale
  2. Letter grades, derived from the 4-point scale, should be based solely on achievement of course/grade level standards
  3. Student behaviors should be reported separately
  4. Scores based on a “body of evidence”
  5. Achievement is organized by standard/priority standard and reported that way
  6. Students should have multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency

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