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I am preparing for my second year of implementing standards-based grading (SBG) in my 5th and 6th grade math course. I was thrilled with the benefits of using SBG with my students but found that I need to do more parent education. While I present a summary of SBG at my school's Parents' Weekend, not all parents attend or remember the details. I am, therefore, trying to develop a resource that I can link to in my email signature that will be accessible year-round.

I am looking for resources, accessible to parents, that summarizes why SBG is beneficial for students. The ideal source would be short (1-2 pages), outline the motivations for abandoning traditional grading processes, discuss the concept of growth mindset, and include details of how parents can support the SBG process.

I am happy to read through a big collection of articles, so please share anything you think might be pertinent.


Update: I have found some articles that are close to what I am looking for, but are not quite right. In general, most of the articles that I have found tend to spend too much time outlining a specific system for employing SBG or tend to be much too long. For example

1) Miller - "A Better Grading System" This article is too long for my needs and spends significant time describing a SBG system

2) Marzano and Heflebower - "Grades That Show What Students Know" Similar issues to Miller's article above: too long and too much detailing of how a specific grading system would work.


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  • From ACSD, Seven Reasons for Standards Based Grading -Educational Leadership This article explains what SBG is and why it is beneficial. It is written in a way that parents can relate to.

    Some of the points made:

  • Grades and assessments become more meaningful for students, parents, and teachers.

  • A chart is included showing how students might perform on different assignments and how SBG will make coherent sense of the variations.

  • SBG is part of the larger picture of reform.

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  • $\begingroup$ I +1'd your answer, the linked article is great. But, shouldn't answers here include a summary of the linked information? Or at least more than a link? $\endgroup$ – JoeTaxpayer Jul 7 '15 at 15:21
  • $\begingroup$ @JoeTaxpayer I am still new at this and appreciate the feedback. Please let me know if my edits are what was needed. $\endgroup$ – Amy B Jul 7 '15 at 18:41
  • $\begingroup$ Looks good to me. Just trying to help you avoid the 'link-only' answer. Especially for the fact that links break overtime. $\endgroup$ – JoeTaxpayer Jul 7 '15 at 18:52
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks Amy, that article is helpful! I am still interested in any others folks find too. $\endgroup$ – Tyler Auer Jul 7 '15 at 21:31
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    $\begingroup$ I just googled standards based grading and many interesting links came up. You might want to try it. $\endgroup$ – Amy B Jul 7 '15 at 23:02

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