Standards Based Grading
As more research has been conducted on how students learn, there has been a major shift in how schools view assessments and grading. In the past, the purpose of grading was to rank students for placement in an industrial workforce. With the advent of the Informational Age, the role of schools has evolved. One of the primary roles of K-12 education now is preparation for college and/ or careers which require a wide range of skills.
The adoption of the California Common Core State Standards (CCCSS) in 2010 provided educators and parents with a clear, consistent understanding of what students are expected to learn in each grade level. As a result, the Sunnyvale School District has fully implemented Standards-Based grading in grades K-8. In doing so, we have made a commitment to provide a completely aligned standards-based instructional program to students, and our approach has shifted from ranking and sorting students to having high standards for all students.
With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, it has become especially critical that we have a laser-like focus on student proficiency and achievement in order to provide students with increased learning and appropriate intervention and support. Unlike the "one size fits all" traditional grading system, a standards-based system allows us to specifically determine areas of student growth and student need.
Sunnyvale School District's gradebook and report card are fully aligned to the Common Core State Standards, and our online grade book allows parents to view students' progress through the Parent Portal at any time.
This online grade book and report card system allows parents to view student's progress online through the Parent Portal at any time. With one K-8 system for reporting progress, and with a standards-based system that links standards, instruction and assessment to reporting, we know we can continue the upward trajectory of student achievement in our district.
Sunnyvale School District District Grading Scale
5 Advanced Proficiency
Student demonstrates a deep or broad understanding of the ideas and processes that were explicitly taught and practiced during class.
Student demonstrates a consistent understanding of the ideas and processes that were explicitly taught and practiced during class. There may still be some errors or omissions that do not interfere with the key concept.
3 Basic Proficiency
Student demonstrates basic understanding of the ideas and processes that were explicitly taught and practiced during class, but does so inconsistently. There may still be some errors or omissions when demonstrating key concepts of the content.
2 Approaching Proficiency
Student is beginning to demonstrate an understanding of the simple ideas and processes that were explicitly taught and practiced during class. However, the student demonstrates little understanding of the more complex ideas and processes with significant errors or omissions.
1 Below Proficiency
Student demonstrates limited understanding of the basic ideas and/or has difficulty retaining the ideas and processes that were explicitly taught and practiced during class. There are consistent errors or omissions when identifying the key concepts of the content.