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Saturday Study and Standards

sbg2I’m taking part in the #IMMOOC Challenge.  My challenge to myself during this process is to make my learning more visible and to be a little more vulnerable by just posting and not rewriting all of my blogs.

Every Saturday since I can remember, I’ve gotten up and read or studied something.  Today, my #SaturdayStudy has been on standards-based grading. (SBG)

I like the theory behind SBG.  Instead of an arbitrary number, the stuspg1dent is told their mastery of a standard.  That to me seems more valuable to me as a teacher and as a parent, but more so as a student. I’ve grown particularly fond of the “riding a bicycle chart” to describe the mastery of a standard.

I’ve read this article from ASCD on the subject, and it has given me an overview of the subject of SBG.  In my current school district, we’re using SBG in elementary schools, with the plan to move it into intermediate schools in a couple of years.

I’m particularly fond of the self-reflection piece of SBG.  As educators, we talk so much about learning, we need to make sure we’re helping our students learn more about it as well.

Learning is a process that isn’t stagnant; it doesn’t end when one receives a spgdiploma.  One of the effects I can see of SBG is that students will learn to master the standard, not just look for a grade on a report card.

My question for my PLN – do you have suggestions on what I should read about SBG?  What are your thoughts on SBG?  Please leave me a comment and let me know.