Standards-Based Growth Report in Buffalo Area Schools

Report Card A or Standards Ratings

“‘Standards-Based Growth Report’ May Replace Grades” tells of schools in the Buffalo NY area that are moving from letter grade report cards to standards-based ones. For example, third grade students would be assessed on nineteen aspects in their English Language Arts Standard. Imagine that students, their parents and their teachers will know precisely of the skill level of each student. No longer will students have the letter grade of an “A” that does not tell what the students’ strengths and weaknesses are. No longer will students receive a letter grade that does not tell how well the students are doing in the standards. No longer will students be academically unknown to the next year’s teachers; with a quick glance at students’ standards’ levels, the teachers instantly have much valuable information on the students. No longer will a teacher be able to spend all year on his/her favorite topic but instead they will focus on the standards. No longer will tests and quizzes cover factual information when the standards require higher level thinking. No longer can parents say that their children did wonderfully last year and are doing poorly this year (“Alan got all As last year so how come he is getting Cs this year?”) since each part of the standard will be assessed in detail. No longer will parents wonder the purpose of any assignment since each assignment will be targeted at the standard.

Standards-based growth reports give reality to the learning experience. For once, students will know how they are progressing in the standards instead of aimlessly going through a course.

In a previous blog, I reported on Marzano’s approach of changing grading to be standards-based. How will you make your classroom standards-based? Your team standards-based? Your school standards-based? Start by sharing this article.

© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007

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