Standards Referenced Grading

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!

You may view the whole powerpoint by cutting and pasting the link below.

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 Zeros
 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.


About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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