Standards Based Grading and reporting system

For the 2018-2019 school year, MLMS will be refining the standards-based grading and reporting system.  The three areas that we will be focusing on as a school are:

  1. Separate academics from citizenship in all reported grading.

  2. Allow students the opportunity to retake assessments and turn in late work without penalty to academic grade.

  3. Academic letter grades will be based on mastery level of standards.


Will students continue to receive academic letter grades?

Yes, students will continue to receive academic letter grades such as A, B, C or F.

Are non-academic factors such as attendance, effort, participation, and behavior part of the class grade?

These factors have always been and will continue to be an important part of every student’s success. However, in standards-based learning these factors will be communicated separately from the student’s academic grade. Students will receive an academic grade that solely represents a student’s mastery of academic standards. 

Students will continue to receive a separate citizenship grade that is representative of a student’s citizenship skills.  Refer to attached Citizenship Rubric to view the skills that apply towards a student’s citizenship grade.

Will students be penalized for turning in late work?

We expect that students will complete in class and out of class assignments. If a student does not complete an assignment in the expected time frame, the student will be provided with time to complete the assignment during PEAK, lunch, or after school.  Students will then turn in the late assignment, which will be used as data to determine a student’s level of mastery on a specific essential outcome. A student’s academic grade will not be penalized for turning in a late assignment.  Turning in a late assignment will be reflected in a student’s citizenship grade.  

How will my student be assessed?

A student’s learning is assessed using a variety of formative and summative assessments. These tools include formal assessments such as traditional paper-and-pencil tests, projects, written papers, lab reports, performance assessments, or verbal assessments.  They may also include informal assessments such as classroom discussions or teacher observations. Essentially, everything that a student does in a standards-based class provides the teacher with evidence of the student’s learning.

Will students be allowed to retake assessments? 

Students can retake assessments as long as they follow the steps outlined below.  

  1. Let the teacher know they would like to retake the assessment.

  2. Teacher works with student to determine what evidence has been or needs to be shown indicating that additional learning has taken place.

  3. Student retakes assessment.