Holden R-III School District

Curriculum & Instruction

Professional Learning Communities In Action

Professional Learning Communities (PLC) is the process by which the district operates. Every decision the district makes supports one or more of the PLC four essential questions:

1)  What do we want students to learn?
2)  How do we know if students learn it?
3)  What do we do if students did learn it?
4)  What do we do if students didn’t learn it?


Purpose of Standards-Based Grading

The purpose of standard- based grading is to improve student achievement by focusing instruction and the alignment of curriculum with the essential standards.  Standards-based grading and reporting will provide better communication to students, parents, teachers and administrators on what each student knows and is able to do according to the identified standards and separately assess the influence of positive and consistent work habits on student learning.

 Standards-Based Grading

Standards-based grading measures the mastery of the learning objectives, or how well students understand the material in class.  It is based on a specific set of standards that students need to meet for each grade/content level.  Marks are not a comparison of one student to another, but rather a way to measure how well students are doing on grade-level/course level standards.  A standards based approach allows parents and students to understand more clearly what is expected of students and how to help them be successful in their educational program.

 
A standards-based approach:
 
· Indicates what students know and are able to do
· Scores indicate a student’s progress toward the
  attainment of a standard

· Clearly communicates expectations ahead of time
· Is based on complex tasks, as opposed to rote memory
· Occurs when appropriate, not just on scheduled days.
· Emphasizes the most recent evidence of learning
· Multiple methods of grade calculation are used to
  determine grades

 

Would you like to learn more about Standards-based grading?
 
Please find below links to more information about the District's Grading Practices and a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
 
 
 
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