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Key Terms Standard– A statement that identifies what students should know and be able to do. Learning standards for each content area and grade span are identified by the Michigan Department of Education. These standards can be found on our website under “Elementary Curriculum”. Life Skills– A set of standards addressing a student’s performance based on Behavior, Participation and Work Completion.

“Standards are closely linked with expectations, and a large body of evidence suggests that high expectations lead to better student achievement. It is also reasonable to say that expectations alone do not generate fundamental change for students. Therefore, standards based assessments will help increase critical thinking in academic rigor while allowing us to communicate clearly if students have extended their learning beyond the standard, if students have mastered the standard or if they are working towards proficiency on a standard.” Dr. Douglas Reeves

Carrollton Elementary School Preparing all students for the future!

Parent Guide to Standards Based Grading

Assessment– The ongoing process of gathering data or giving feedback about a student’s strengths and weaknesses, improve instruction, and document student progress. Proficiency Levels– The numbers 0-4 will be used on student work and Standards Based Report Cards to indicate a student’s level of understanding and performance. Rubric– A set of guidelines used to determine a students ability to perform, using a set of criteria based on the standards identified by the Michigan Department of Education.

Questions? Please feel free to contact Marc Jaremba at: 989-754-2425 mjaremba@carrolltonpublicschools.org Tel: 989-754-2425 carrolltonpublicschools.org


Standards Based Grading Introduction Carrollton Elementary School has adopted Standards Based Grading. This allows the teacher to communicate individual student’s strengths and weaknesses in more specific topic areas. The format of the report card will better represent a student’s achievement of essential skills based on the State of Michigan’s Standards. This brochure is designed to provide you with key information to understanding Standards Based Grading.

What Does it Mean? Each content area has more specific topic areas relating to your child’s achievement. For example, instead of just seeing an overall Reading grade you will see Reading broken into more detailed topics like Key Ideas and Details in Literature or Informational Text. These topics are scored using rubric scores: 4– Advanced– Your child exceeds the standard for their grade level 3– Proficient– You child met the standard for their grade level 2– Progressing– Your child is progressing towards meeting the grade level standard 1– Beginning– Your child is making limited progress towards meeting the grade level standard

Although a majority of your child’s score reflects what he/she knows in regard to the standard, a portion of their final score will reflect Life Skills.

Frequently Asked Questions How do standards based report cards compare to the letter grade system? The standards based report card will measure how well an individual student is doing in relation to the state standards. This will give parents and students a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. Why use the Standards Based Report Cards?  This reporting system provides students and parents with more detailed information about the progress being made on a specific standard.  The use of rubrics provide teachers detailed information about what topics students may need more instruction in.  This method of assessment has been proven to provide more accurate scores in relation to the students’ learning than a traditional grading system. What should my expectations of my child be? Remembering that every child learns differently, the goal for your child is to reach a level 3 Proficient ,when the teacher has completed a topic.


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