Standards Based Grading
Over the past five years, our district has explored best practices when communicating student progress. In the 2017-2018 school year, CUSD201 created a committee of parents, teachers, and administrators to include all stakeholders in the conversations. Together, we looked at ways we can better communicate student progress to the Illinois state learning standards in kindergarten through 5th grade.
Now in our 3rd year of implementation, we look forward to using OTUS, our learning management system, to provide ongoing communication of student learning with the standards that we are assessing throughout the year.
Below are some resources that can help families to understand the best practices with grading. Many of these shifts require a mindshift of the adults, as we often connect to the experiences that we had while in school.
- Standards Based Grading VLOG (October 2020) - Along with a review of our shift into the best practice of standards based grading (SBG) we discuss the purpose of grading and how COVID has impacted evolution.
- CUSD201 Board Update - October 13th 2020
- OTUS Gradebook Tutorial
- Standards Based Grading Podcast (2019) - Our first discussion about the transition to standards based grading. We focus on traditional grading practices and why best practice has evolved.