Standards-Based Grading

The AFUHSD is dedicated to implementing and supporting effective grading practices throughout all of our schools. Below you will find some information regarding standards-based grading (SBG) and how it may impact your student's learning.

What is standards-Based Grading?

Standards-based grading is a system of assessing and reporting that promotes accuracy and content mastery through the assurance of research-based grading practices. Please watch the short video below for a quick overview into SBG.

What does SBG Look Like in the Classroom?

In order to ensure an equitable and transparent grading system, teachers who implement standards-based grading will adhere to the following guiding principles and expectations:

Teachers and students will engage in a process of reteach and reassess to ensure ALL students master the essential content standards.

Teachers will emphasize the most recent evidence as a means to assess and report a student’s level of proficiency.

Students will be assigned practice as a means of formative feedback.

Student mastery will be assessed through the use of a consistent and well-defined proficiency scale.

Students will be assigned a zero only as a result of no or insufficient evidence of learning; the use of a zero will be non-punitive.

Teachers and administration will engage in consistent and ongoing communication with parents and students.

How does this impact my student?

Teachers implementing SBG vary by site and department teams.

Every teacher's grading practices should be outlined clearly in their course syllabus, and communicated with both students and parents/guardians. If you are interested in how your student's overall grade is being assessed and reported, please reach out to the teacher.

proficiency rubrics & Conversion scales

In a standards-based classroom, the students' overall academic grade comes from their proficiency on the essential student learning objectives (SLO) of the course. The SLOs are graded on a 0-4 scale, where each numerical value represents a level of proficiency.

Sample proficiency rubric

conversion scale

The Standards-Based Gradebook In Synergy

Some teachers in our district are using the Standards-Based Gradebook in Synergy, which is different than the traditional gradebook setup that other teachers use. If your student's teacher is using this gradebook, he/she should have communicated this with you.

The SBG Gradebook allows teachers to attach learning targets to specific assignments and grade those targets on a scale from 0 to 4. Below is an overview video that will show you how to interpret your child's grade in the SBG Gradebook.

SBG Gradebook Overview for Students, Parents, and Guardians.mp4