Rationale

Five most important reasons why middle school grading in Sumner School District is standards-based:

  • Standards-based instruction provides clear, common learning targets for students and teachers across classrooms, grade levels, and schools.
  • Multiple components for each course provide more specific feedback regarding student learning than does a single letter grade.
  • In the absence of letter grades tied to averages and percentages, parent-student-teacher conversations now focus on feedback for improving learning rather than on how to accumulate more points.
  • Emphasis on mastery recognizes growth over time, promotes persistence, and maintains hope, especially for struggling learners.
  • Entry points and a ladder to progressively higher achievement is provided for all students.