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Understanding Standards Based Grading

Standards-Based Grading differs from traditional percentage-based grading, letter grades and IB criterion grading. It assesses students' performance against specific learning standards. This allows for a more comprehensive understanding of a student's progress and strengths in various subject areas.

Here are key points to keep in mind:

1. **Not a Percentage System**: In Standards-Based Grading, we focus on how well a student has mastered specific learning objectives, rather than a numerical percentage.

2. **Distinct from Letter Grades**: This system does not equate to traditional letter grades (A, B, C, etc.). Instead, it provides a more detailed evaluation of a student's performance.

3. **Multiple Performance Level Marks**: Throughout a grading period, students will receive multiple performance level marks within each standard category. These marks reflect their progress in mastering the defined learning objectives.

4. **Trending Analysis**: Teachers will carefully analyze these performance level marks to identify trends in a student's progress. This approach ensures a comprehensive understanding of their strengths and areas for improvement.

5. **End-of-Period Reporting**: At the conclusion of each grading period, teachers will report a performance level for each standard category. This level reflects the overall proficiency demonstrated by the student. Teachers do report grades 1/2 through the grading period to give parents an update on how their student is performing.

6. **No Averaging of Marks**: Unlike traditional grading systems, we do not calculate an average of the performance level marks. Instead, we focus on the most recent and representative evidence of a student's progress.

We believe that Standards-Based Grading offers a more accurate and detailed assessment of your child's academic development. It provides a clear picture of their strengths and areas for growth, allowing us to tailor our support to their individual needs.

If you have any further questions or would like additional information, please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teachers or the school administration. We value your partnership in your child's education and look forward to a successful academic year.

For more information, please refer to the document Guidance for Performance Level for Parents and Students.