For Teachers /Parents, The latest fad for better or worse that will swoon sweep across the nation is Standards Referenced Grading It is coming to a school district near you soon if it has not already arrived! Look at the “policies we follow” shown below from one district. These policies have surprising changes in how students and their work will be evaluated particularly when compared to the concept of school to work that swept the nation a decade ago. SRG is not all bad but it is a serious paradigm shift being made with what appears to be little hard research indicating where some of it will lead not for the schools but for our society!
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Please read it carefully there are some huge unstated implications in here! For example the phrase “Homework will be used for practice.” # 3 below. What exactly does that mean? Does it infer that there will be no homework for those students who have met the standard? Does it mean no more term papers? Does it mean no more out of school projects? What does it mean? When you look at these policies all together not individually they are a ground shaking change in attitude and expectations.
Practices We Follow in Standards Referenced Grading
No Extra Credit
Homework is used for practice
Homework may be differentiated for student readiness
Late work is scored without academic penalty
Opportunities for resolving incomplete work
Multiple chances to demonstrate understanding
Most recent scores and trends are used to determine
understanding/mastery ( no averaging, total points or weighting )
Report non-academic standards separately
Do not punish academic dishonesty with reduced score
Do not consider attendance in score
Do not include group scores
Do not consider behavior in score
Organize and report by standards/learning targets.
Involve students in the learning process of setting goals and monitoring learning
This is but one example and not all of these will be present in SRG everywhere while others may be added.