Spokane Public Schools elementaries report student achievement once per trimester using standards-based grading to accurately describe and communicate, to all stakeholders, a student’s achievement toward specific state standards on a 4-point scale to inspire growth in student learning.
To assist in a common understanding of Standards-Based Grading & Reporting, the following are the descriptors for the SPS Grading Scale included on the elementary report card:
- 4 - Above Standard at this Time: In addition to achieving a Level 3, student is able to independently demonstrate in-depth inferences, applications and/or more complex understandings that go beyond what was taught.
- 3 - Meeting Standard at this Time: Student consistently demonstrates grade level skills and knowledge independently.
- 2 - Approaching Standard at this Time: Student is making progress toward meeting the grade level expectations, sometimes showing evidence of meeting the standards, at other times showing lack of understanding or ability to apply the concept or skills independently.
- 1 - Beginning Work Toward Standard at this Time
- NA - Not Assessed at this Time
Part of standards-based grading is using quality assessments of content standards to determine grades. Grading for elementary students is based on the most current evidence available, representing a growth model for calculating grades. That means more recent performance factors more heavily in the overall score.
In standards-based grading, grades are focused on achievement. Other factors such as participation, which promotes learning and social development, are reported separately.