What is the difference between the traditional "A-F" grading system and a standards-based reporting system?

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Traditional Grading

  • A, B, C, D, F represent percentage of points accumulated
  • Non-academic factors affect grades, such as participation, attendance, late work, etc.
  • Everything is graded and averaged together
  • Early assignments can skew the final grade
  • Reports a single grade for each class

Standards-Based Grading

  • 4, 3, 2, 1 represent student performance in relation to specific standards
  • Based on common core national, state, and district standards
  • A report of what students know and are able to do
  • Reflect academic performance only
  • Behavioral information (called Habits of Success) reported separately