We use a 5-point scale: 0 through 4 with 0 representing "no evidence" and 4 representing "exceeds grade level standard."
Why Standards-Based & Standards-Referenced Grading?
This assessment practice aligns better with our district’s mission and objectives. It provides for additional feedback and communication about how well a student is learning in the classroom in relationship to identified priority standards. Parents and students will see areas of academic strength and weaknesses based on these priority standards. Teachers will know more clearly which standards they need to re-teach or extend. Students will know which standards they need additional learning opportunities and/or practice. For additional information, please see our Grading FAQ.
High School Grade Equivalency Scales:
Standards-Based Grading Scale
3.50 to 4.0
3.00 to 3.49
2.84 to 2.99
2.67 to 2.83
2.50 to 2.66
2.34 to 2.49
2.17 to 2.33
2.00 to 2.16
1.84 to 1.99
1.00 to 1.83
0 or IE (insufficient evidence) to 0.99
VISD has reached out to a wide variety of colleges and universities in-state and around our country. We are hearing consistent themes about college admissions as described in the website article linked above. We will continue to dialogue with admissions officers to fully understand any potential issues regarding college applications (if we eventually change our transcipts).
Standards-Based Grading Resources:
- M. Townsley, "All Things Standards-Based Grading"
- R. Marzano, Formative Assessment & Standards-Based Grading
- K. Spencer, "Standards-Based Grading" (excerpt from the Harvard Education Letter)
- R. Wormeli, "Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom" (zeros, 100-point scale and SBG)
History of Grading:
- M. Durm, An A Is Not An A Is Not An A: A History of Grading
- N. Lassahn, History of Grading Systems