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What is Standards-Based Grading?

Standards-based grading is a way of evaluating students’ progress and achievement based on their mastery of clearly articulated learning standards. The primary purpose of grading is to provide information to students on their learning progress, and let parents know how their children are doing in school. By reporting on students’ progress on specific learning targets, communicating in simpler terms, and separating cognitive and non-cognitive factors, this approach has great potential to improve teaching and learning.

Grade Level Rubrics: How Teachers Monitor Student Progress

Teachers will use learning target rubrics as part of the process to measure student progress and mastery of each standard. Teachers will determine performance levels for each student by collecting evidence throughout each grading period.

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Standards Based Grading Policy

Grading for Kindergarten - Grade 1

In kindergarten and grade 1, students will receive a report card at the end of each nine weeks. Skills on the report card will be evaluated using the following scale: 0 – Does Not Meet grade level expectations, 1 – Approaches grade level expectations, 2 – Meets grade level expectations, and 3 – Masters grade level expectations.


In kindergarten and grade 1, students shall be evaluated on a list of standards based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Promotion shall be based on significant mastery of skills, as determined by the student's teacher. A campus committee composed of the principal, the assistant principal, the student's teacher, and the student's parent shall review relevant student information and shall make a decision regarding promotion for each student considered for retention.


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