We are hearing more and more about Standards-Based Grading (SBG) in schools and educational outlets across the nation. Even though there is a great deal of information out there regarding SBG and why it should drive our grading practices, there is less information out there to guide teachers, specifically secondary teachers, about how this practice should look in their classroom. For you novices out there, I offer you this analogy to help you grasp the premise of SBG.
This graphic really provides a basic understanding of SBG using an analogy we can all relate to… riding a bike. Think about your classroom standards and objectives individually. You have students who have mastered some objectives but not others. Using SBG, you can strategically develop lessons to meet students right where they are and articulate to them and their parents where they need additional support and practice. This article in Educational Leadership provides some reasons why SBG helps us differentiate and meet the demands of our curriculum with more and more students.