We believe all students can learn the higher order thinking skills needed to be successful in the 21st Century.  

Purpose of Grades 

Grades should communicate the level of student mastery of skills and provide feedback to stakeholders as follows:  

Premises: 

The State of Michigan identifies the content standards that students should master. The State of Michigan administers Criterion-Referenced Tests to measure student mastery of these content standards. At Schoolcraft Community Schools we have “Schoolcraft Standards” in which we have identified the following:

We believe that grades should:

Goal:

"The simple idea of standards-based learning is to ensure transparency in all elements of the teaching and learning process: curriculum, instruction, assessment, and reporting."

- Thomas Guskey

What is in a Grade?

Proficiency Scale

Grade

Define Targets w/ Verbiage

4 - Mastery

(Higher Order Thinking Skills = Applied Knowledge)

Consistent/Proficient ability to:

  • Analyze
  • Classify
  • Make & Defend
  • Create & Utilize
  • Develop & Test
  • Judge & Defend
  • Synthesise
  • ...and more

    GREAT!

3 - Proficient

In-depth understanding of “2”, Partial demonstration of “4”.

    GOOD

2 - Basic 

(Lower Order Thinking Skills = Often Prerequisite to “A” Skills)

Consistent/Proficient ability to:

  • Recognize
  • Recall/Match
  • Show
  • Use
  • Describe
  • List
  • ...and more

BASIC

1 - Not Proficient

Partial understanding of some of the “2” simple details - often with help.

NOT YET MET

0 - Little/No Attempt

Students display no understanding of skill or do not/refuse to participate in assessments

KNOWLEDGE UNKNOWN

Timeline of Standards Based Grading *

Fall of 2016

English and Mathematics curriculum teams will solidify Schoolcraft Standards for every grade level and create proficiency scales which define level of mastery.

Fall of 2016

Mathematics will be reporting mastery on Schoolcraft Standards starting 1st semester.

Spring of 2017

English/Reading Courses will begin reporting mastery for Schoolcraft Standards starting 2nd semester.

Fall 2017

Begin work on Science Schoolcraft Standards and proficiency scales. Mathematics and ELA, all levels, report standards-based grades.

Spring 2017

Science will solidify Schoolcraft Standards for every grade level and create proficiency scales which define level of mastery

Fall 2018

Science will begin reporting standards-based grades - all levels

Summer 2018

SS will begin work on content specific Schoolcraft Standards and proficiency scales.

Math and ELA will revisit their work and make updates as needed.

Fall 2018

SS/SCI will continue work on Schoolcraft Standards and proficiency scales.

Summer 2019

Sci/SS will revisit their work and make updates as needed

Fall 2019

All other content areas will begin work on Schoolcraft Standards and proficiency scales. Social Studies and Science will begin reporting Standards-based grades

Fall 2020

All other content areas will begin reporting on Schoolcraft Standards

*Throughout process Learning Communities comprised of content experts will monitor and maintain Schoolcraft Standards and proficiency scales.